I’m so grate­ful to bus driver who helped in panic at­tack

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY MAX CLE­MENTS

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

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