Paramedic’s kind gesture to girl, 10, who needed ambulance

The youngster had to be taken by ambulance to A&E in Larbert on Tuesday night after experiencing severe pain in her ear.

Kind gesture: 10-year-old Haylie McMillan.
Kind gesture: 10-year-old Haylie McMillan.

The mum of a 10-year-old girl with a condition which causes the growth of tumours on her nerves has said she was in tears after a paramedic’s kind gesture to her daughter.

Haylie McMillan was first diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 in 2015 and has since had five tumours, the most concerning in her head and and nerves on her face and neck.

The youngster had to be taken by ambulance to A&E in Larbert on Tuesday night after experiencing severe pain in her ear and told the paramedics – Alistair and Alison – about her love of animals.

The following morning, Haylie’s mum Mary-Jane woke up to a letter from Alistair, which included two passes to Edinburgh Zoo and “touched her heart”.

The letter said: “Your girls talked excitedly about lots of animals while in the ambulance and that they had never been to Edinburgh Zoo before. It’s an expensive day out so I thought this would help a wee bit.

“Your family really is a credit to you and Haylie is an amazingly strong wee girl. I wish you the absolute best in terms of getting the treatment she needs.”

Mary-Jane added: “The paramedics were fantastic. It really touched my heart that this person thought of myself and family. I was in absolute tears reading his letter because of [the] kindness.

“He has restored my faith in humanity. Haylie has had it rough the past few months and I would just like them to be recognised.”


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