Schoolgirls to the rescue as mum collapses in Portsmouth park

Brett and Anita Anderson with their four month old son Cory and Chloe Rowsell (far left), and Betsy Riley both fifteen who helped the couple when Anita was taken ill in Victoria Park in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14866-3) PPP-140325-221249003
Brett and Anita Anderson with their four month old son Cory and Chloe Rowsell (far left), and Betsy Riley both fifteen who helped the couple when Anita was taken ill in Victoria Park in Portsmouth. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14866-3) PPP-140325-221249003

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TWO schoolgirls have been hailed heroes after coming to the aid of a baby when her mum collapsed.

Betsy Riley and Chloe Rowsell, both 15, were sat on a bench in Victoria Park, Portsmouth, listening to music as the drama unfolded before them.

Brett Anderson and his wife Anita had been out walking with their 14-week-old son Cory when Anita suddenly collapsed.

The girls who go to St Edmund’s School in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, didn’t hesitate to go and help the family.

Betsy said: ‘We noticed a couple walking with their baby, and Chloe and I were listening to music.

‘Then when we looked again, we saw the woman was on the floor and the man appeared to be panicking.

‘The woman was on the floor and Chloe and I decided to go and help.’

Betsy tended to 42-year-old Anita, while Chloe looked after Cory in his pram.

Chloe said: ‘We had an adrenaline rush and wanted to go and help out.

‘We haven’t had any first aid training, but we wanted to do as much as we could.

‘The man was on the phone speaking to the ambulance service, so I kept an eye on the baby to make sure nothing happened to him.’

South Central Ambulance Service sent an ambulance to the park at 3.30pm.

Anita was checked before being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham for further checks.

She is now back at home in Railway View, Landport.

Brett, a legal cost draftsman, said: ‘I want to say a big thank you to the girls.

‘Everything happened so fast and I know one of them was looking after Anita, and the other Cory.

‘I am indebted to them for that.’

‘We went out for a stroll in the park to enjoy the sunshine when my wife just passed out on me. She fell to the ground and a few people came over to assist us.

‘We don’t know what caused Anita to collapse.

‘It’s never happened before, and thankfully hasn’t happened since.’

Brett called for an ambulance and was also helped by another person.

He said: ‘As well as the girls, there was another man that had been in the park.

‘When I called 999 he helped me with giving directions to the service.

‘He also went and waiting by a main entrance and directed the paramedics to us. I want to say thank you to him too.’