Quick think­ing saves a se­ri­ous thinker

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FOUR peo­ple who helped Shen­ton Col­lege stu­dent Jono Jones after he fell 8m from a tree have re­ceived Gold Medal­lion brav­ery awards.

Chloe Marsh, Kerenza Bris­tol, Nick Kirkham and Aspen Stu­art-Cun­ning­ham were recog­nised for their brav­ery at the Royal Life Sav­ing Western Power Brav­ery Awards on De­cem­ber 8.

Shen­ton Col­lege stu­dents Chloe Marsh and Kerenza Bris­tol saw Jonno drop from a tree at Lake Clare­mont in De­cem­ber 2013, when the branch he was hold­ing snapped, caus­ing him to fall and smack his head on a tree root.

“All we saw was like a shadow and then we just heard a thump, so we went run­ning,” Kerenza said.

Chloe stayed with Jono, hold­ing him still, while fel­low class­mate Aspen Stu­art-Cun­ning­ham ran to get ice.

Kerenza and John XXIII Col­lege stu­dent Nick Kirkham called an am­bu­lance and di­rected paramedics to the tree.

Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal sur­geons im­me­di­ately op­er­ated on Jono, re­mov­ing a third of his skull to re­lieve the swelling of his brain.

After six days in a coma, he awoke in the neu­rol­ogy ward with no mem­ory of the ac­ci­dent.

The teenager’s re­mark­able re­cov­ery stunned his teach­ers, es­pe­cially after he took part in the World Schol­ars Tour­na­ment in March just 13 days after sur­geons re­placed the piece of his skull they had re­moved. “If I’d fallen any dif­fer­ently, I would have bro­ken my back and been a para­plegic or be men­tally dis­ori­ented,” he said.

Shen­ton Col­lege head of Aca­demic Tal­ent Pro­gram Chris Hill said the en­tire Shen­ton com­mu­nity was proud of what the stu­dents did to support Jono that day.

“We gain strength as a com­mu­nity when in a time of real need, one or more of our com­mu­nity mem­bers rise to a real chal­lenge,” Mr Hill said.

“On the day that Jono got hurt, that is what they did – they were ma­ture, calm, thought clearly and acted with speed.

“We are all eter­nally grate­ful to them and it is very fit­ting that they re­ceived the award.”

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