Newport pupil praised for 999 action

South Wales Argus: KIND St Julian's School pupil Maxwell Nyamunda, helped an old woman who fell outside the school, but she later died (7111740) KIND St Julian's School pupil Maxwell Nyamunda, helped an old woman who fell outside the school, but she later died (7111740)

A NEWPORT schoolboy has been praised by his teachers after dialling 999 for an elderly lady who had fallen in front of a bus.

Earlier this year Maxwell Nyamunda was walking back to St Julian’s School after a lunchtime outing with five friends when they found the unknown woman lying in the road, apparently having fallen in front of a bus while trying to get on it.

The driver had stopped the bus at the junction of Richmond Road and Caerleon Road and a group of adults crowded round the woman, but none had a mobile phone. Maxwell, 14, he called the emergency services.

“It was the first thing that came into my head – to stop and see if she was OK,” said Maxwell, who described how the lady was bleeding from her lip and head.

“My friends were concerned as well. I called 999 and asked her questions and told them all the information, as she was able to speak.

“Some of the people went into the nearby shops to get a chair for her to sit on, so they told us to go back to school,” said the St Julian’s pupil, who dreams of becoming a civil engineer and enjoys playing the guitar and bass guitar.

The humble youngster, who lives with his family in Somerton, said he’d never experienced anything like it before.

“It was just what I had to do,” he said of his efforts to help. “The ambulance staff called me back later to ask if I was the one who had dialled 999 and I told my teacher I had to go and speak to them on the phone, she said ‘well done’ for helping.

“I told my family, they were quite proud, they would’ve wanted me to stop.”

The school was contacted by the lady’s daughter who said sadly her mother died two days after the fall, but praised Maxwell as “a credit to your school and his generation”.

Maxwell’s head of house Jo Easter-Thomas said: “Maxwell is polite, bright, kind, caring and an inspiration. We are very proud of him.”

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1:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Bravo ! Well done that lad,your parents should be so proud of you !
Bravo ! Well done that lad,your parents should be so proud of you ! Jonnytrouble
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1:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

chelsea1970 says...

What can I say . What do u expect from a st Julian s school pupil .and comes from Somerton which was a shock ! Their are some good Somerton people out their . Not all are bad as the papers portray . Good on you maxwell done your parents your estate and the good people of newport proud !
What can I say . What do u expect from a st Julian s school pupil .and comes from Somerton which was a shock ! Their are some good Somerton people out their . Not all are bad as the papers portray . Good on you maxwell done your parents your estate and the good people of newport proud ! chelsea1970
  • Score: 15

2:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

This is just a natural reaction in this situation. Anyone would have done the same I hope.

Very sad that the woman passed on and I am glad the lad done what he did for her.
This is just a natural reaction in this situation. Anyone would have done the same I hope. Very sad that the woman passed on and I am glad the lad done what he did for her. Thor at the door
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6:48pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yes, it is sad that the lady later died. I'm sure that she spent her last hours comforted by the kindness and warmth of this young gentleman and the good people around her who tried their best to help her. There is so much nastiness in this world, but stories like these renew my faith in the fundamental decency of humanity.
Yes, it is sad that the lady later died. I'm sure that she spent her last hours comforted by the kindness and warmth of this young gentleman and the good people around her who tried their best to help her. There is so much nastiness in this world, but stories like these renew my faith in the fundamental decency of humanity. Katie Re-Registered
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