The day lorry driver saved a baby's life
A LANGPORT man has described the day he saved a baby's life on the side of the A303 ten years ago – claiming he now believes in fate.
Steven Blackford, 37, a lorry driver with The Old Creamery in Yeovil at the time, was driving along the Ilminster bypass when he saw a frantic woman at the side of the road.
Bonita Trimmer, then aged 33, of Birmingham, was with her sister Debbie Ferris, then 37, of Sherborne, on the A303 near South Petherton when her baby son Jed Styche stopped breathing.
She desperately tried to flag down passing motorists but several drove by until Mr Blackford, who then lived in Shepton Beauchamp, pulled up in his lorry.
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Ten years on from the incident, which happened in 2003, and the father-of-three said he now believes in fate.
He said: "I was driving down the Ilminster bypass and could see a woman about six cars ahead of me in the middle of the road which was a strange thing to see.
"People were driving round her. I was in the lorry so I stopped. I could see she had a little baby and he was blue and wasn't moving. The mum was hysterical, crying her eyes out. It was a scene of panic – every parent's worse nightmare.
"I was reading a book on driving instructing the night before and read a section on first aid. I don't know why I read that page, it's a strange thing. After that I haven't read a book in my life. It must be fate."
When Mr Blackford took baby Jed from his mother he put his fingers on the baby's throat and held his head back.
He added: "He sort of gargled then his eyes rolled and he started crying. I spoke with the ambulance people on the phone who told me to keep his head back and hang him over my arms so I wouldn't block his airways.
"It wasn't a nice thing to come across. It was panic. I can remember thinking not a lot of people were stopping."
Mr Blackford kept in touch with Jed's family until a few years ago when he moved to Langport where he now runs a chip shop business with his sister.
Immediately after the incident, he received a letter from the baby's mother which said: "I am writing to thank you once again for my son's life. I still shudder to think what would have happened if you had not pulled over.
"My sister and I could not bring him back and so many cars ignored my sister's signals. It was amazing what you did.
"It is important for me to express my gratitude adequately.
"Every day for the rest of your life you will know there is a baby, then a little boy, then a man who would not still be on the planet bringing us all the joy he does were it not for you. Jed is doing fine now though they still do not know what caused the problem."