I’m so grateful to bus driver who helped in panic attack
AYOUNG mum has spoken of her gratitude after a bus driver pulled over the vehicle and comforted her while she was having a panic attack.
Jamie Wright, 23, from Skelmersdale, was travelling on the 385 Arriva bus from Southport to Skelmersdale on Saturday, August 8 at 6pm when she started to have the panic attack after her young son began to have a tantrum.
She went to get off the bus half way through her journey to calm down, rather than driving away the driver stopped and waited for her before getting out to comfort her.
In a post on social media, Jamie praised the driver for being “kind and understanding” and helping her deal with her anxiety.
He spoke to her and convinced to come back on to the bus where they were applauded by the rest of the passengers.
Jamie said: “There were a number of passengers on the bus at the time and my son became inconsolable and was screaming at the top of his lungs, which started to set off my anxiety.
“The bus driver stopped at the Snape Green bus stop, as they usually would on their journey, just as my son became even worse with his tantrum which made me start to shake and panic because I didn’t want other passengers to be annoyed.
“I took it upon myself to ask the bus driver to let us off because my anxiety had started setting in.
“Then the bus driver said to me: ‘You don’t need to get off the bus, kids are difficult and it’s understandable’.
“I got off the bus and sat in the bus stop and the driver gave me a moment to myself before he got off the bus and came over to speak to me. I was crying and he came over and said it was going to be okay and that it was normal for kids to have a tantrum in public and that I shouldn’t be embarrassed.”
Jamie said that the driver’s kind words helped her to calm down and convinced her to get back on to the bus and continue her journey.
She said that the gesture was completely unexpected and that she was so grateful to the driver.
She added: “I can’t remember exactly what he said to me but he managed to make me giggle a little and then asked if I wanted to get back on the bus, so I did. When I got off the bus I was fully expecting him to just carry on his journey but he insisted on making sure I was okay so I didn’t have to walk the rest of my journey.
“I just want to say well done to this man for being so kind and understanding to me.”
Jamie Wright, 23, suffered a panic attack on a bus