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Prince William rescues 3-year-old boy choking on peanuts

The Duke of Cambridge came to the aid of a young boy last week who became ill after choking on some peanuts.

Prince William’s air ambulance crew were called out to the small town of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire where the three year old boy fell ill at his school’s playground after he ate peanuts, which he is allergic to.

Luke Swyers is believed to have eaten the peanuts after he mistook them for chocolate coated raisins. After he started to experience breathing difficulties and began to choke, the family immediately dialled 999.

Luke’s mum Donna said: “He was indicating that he couldn’t breathe properly, he was pointing to his throat.
“My mum turned him upside-down and hit him on the back to try and move the obstruction and he vomited.
“My friends saw what was going on. They went over to help.”

An air ambulance was dispatched to try and help Luke and to quickly get him to hospital. The 2nd in line to the throne was piloting the aircraft, and didn’t get out of the helicopter.

William’s colleagues Dr Akos Soti and critical care paramedic Tim Daniels were also on board and helped treat Luke.

Speaking of the air ambulance team that helped treat Luke, Donna said: “When it really counts, the NHS are there for you. They are marvellous. Everyone at the hospital, the doctors on the air ambulance and Prince William himself – I want to say thank you.”

Before becoming a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, Prince William was in the Household Cavalry before training as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force. He graduated as a fully operational pilot in September 2010.

The Duke of Cambridge earns a salary of £40,000 a year for his work, but donates it all to charity.

  • Bob

    RAF Search and Rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force, is the in the redundancy department of redundancy?

  • micmac

    Royal central is only drawing attention to what Prince William’s team does. Prince William’s job is to act as transport, as on the Flying Doctor service in Australia. It is not correct to say that it is Prince William, himself, who rescued the boy as the headline suggests. He is only part of the team. But it is certainly worth drawing attention to the valuable work he has taken the trouble to associate himself with.

    • I think it is really quite admirable of Prince William to take on this responsibility since he could just sit back and do nothing with his life being born into this royal family. He shows a man of strong convictions and character with compassion. And any attention he can bring to this unit is a plus for they all need the support of the community.

      • L A Jones

        I agree entirely with your comments as you say if he sat on his backside all day there would be headlines to that respect.
        I think Princess William and Harry have been a breath of fresh air too the Monarchy Both have proved themselves to be an asset to the rolles with which they have been tasked and both are held in high esteem by their pear’s.
        They both seem to have inherited the endearing side of their Mother and the sense of duty to the Establishment of their Father.

      • micmac

        Of course it is. And so is the attention he can bring to this service. Piloting a helicopter is as valuable a way to bring quick help to those who need it, as is driving an ambulance through city streets. Or the RAF search and rescue in which he was previously employed. Piloting a helicopter in such circumstances, or driving an ambulance are not the easy sort of jobs many say, since there is also a legal dimension to them. One of these is that only qualified medical personnel can administer medical treatment to a patient. The main job of a pilot or driver in such circumstance is to facilitate a patient’s access to such help.

  • L A Jones

    Having been involved with Search and Rescue in Snowdonia in North Wales, I can say that Prince William Behaved as any other member of the Sea king flight 22 Squadron then at RAF Valley. He is also a Patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) The governing body for Mountain Rescue, it is fair too say he has taken an active role in promoting the incredible voluntary work carried out by them.
    As another reader stated he dose not have to do the work with the air ambulance service, unfortunately the press will always promote him in headlines that is there fault not His.

    • micmac

      I totally agree with you. Unfortunately many of the articles published online about the Royal family, especially Prince William, belong in the damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t department. He has taken on duties within the armed forces which show how skills in wartime can be converted to valuable civilian usage. Now, after damning him for not working, now he works hard at his ambulance duties, he gets criticized for not doing more royal duties which the press do not accept as valid employment anyway. Unless they were doing it, themselves, of course.

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