Young mum saves woman from Newport bridge

Young mum saves woman from Newport bridge

Young mum saves woman from Newport bridge

First published in Gwent news
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A MOTHER-of-two has been praised after she talked a suicidal 19-year-old woman down from Newport Bridge by sharing her own story of how she fought depression.

Young mum Leah Morgan, 21, was walking with a friend on the bridge by the Old Green Interchange on Queensway just before 7pm on Tuesday, July 22 when she saw the woman on the bridge and immediately grasped the seriousness of the situation.

Ms Morgan, from Bacon Place, Malpas, said: “She was just stood on the bridge and didn’t seem right, she was looking into the distance.

“I asked her if she smoked and wanted a cigarette. Then we talked to her for about 10 minutes. She was saying how it was her only option.”

Ms Morgan said she opened up with her own story in the hope the woman would relate to it. “I have been there before and have had similar thoughts so I told her how I had got over my depression,” Ms Morgan said.

“She asked me how I did it and then after a while she finally stepped back down.”

Ms Morgan, who is mother to boys Casey and Cameron, then went down to the subway to call the emergency services but then saw the woman climbing over the side of the bridge.

Her instincts took over and she grabbed the stranger’s foot to stop her jumping off. She said: “I sprinted towards her and a fireman in the engine jumped out too and I managed to pull her back.

“It was really upsetting. Later that night it hit me emotionally. All I could think about was what if she had gone over.”

Two fire crews and the police arrived at the scene and officers said the woman was brought to safety.

Pamela Morris, Ms Morgan’s grandmother, said: “I was really proud of her. She was in a right state afterwards but I think she was very proud. Other people might have just walked by.”

A spokeswoman for the Samaritans advised the public to always ask open questions and respect what the person tells you when dealing with such a situation someone who may be a cause for concern.

They said: “There isn’t a right way to talk somebody down as such but it is just having the courage and confidence to approach somebody.”

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10:46am Mon 28 Jul 14

Vauxfiat says...

This young lady deserves a medal. This was a very tricky and emotional situation that could have gone either way.

Well done
This young lady deserves a medal. This was a very tricky and emotional situation that could have gone either way. Well done Vauxfiat
  • Score: 57

10:51am Mon 28 Jul 14

welshmen says...

I hope others take your courage that you showed saving a human-being and use it every day to help others, well done to you, all Newportonians will be proud of what you have done. xx
I hope others take your courage that you showed saving a human-being and use it every day to help others, well done to you, all Newportonians will be proud of what you have done. xx welshmen
  • Score: 59

11:11am Mon 28 Jul 14

spanner100 says...

What a really excellent act by a very sensible lady. In this day and age most people whould have turned theirr back to the situation and at most phoned the Emergency Services. Well done!!.
What a really excellent act by a very sensible lady. In this day and age most people whould have turned theirr back to the situation and at most phoned the Emergency Services. Well done!!. spanner100
  • Score: 51

2:20pm Mon 28 Jul 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Christ if she thinks life is hard now at age 19, then what is she going to be like further on in life, its only going to get harder. i mean she may have at least another 70+ years left of hard life.
Christ if she thinks life is hard now at age 19, then what is she going to be like further on in life, its only going to get harder. i mean she may have at least another 70+ years left of hard life. MikeO4O8
  • Score: -49

2:47pm Mon 28 Jul 14

The People's Republic of Newp says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
Christ if she thinks life is hard now at age 19, then what is she going to be like further on in life, its only going to get harder. i mean she may have at least another 70+ years left of hard life.
And you have no notion of what hardships / illness she might have already endured. Do everyone a favour and shut it.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: Christ if she thinks life is hard now at age 19, then what is she going to be like further on in life, its only going to get harder. i mean she may have at least another 70+ years left of hard life.[/p][/quote]And you have no notion of what hardships / illness she might have already endured. Do everyone a favour and shut it. The People's Republic of Newp
  • Score: 62

5:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BernardCCC says...

spanner100 wrote:
What a really excellent act by a very sensible lady. In this day and age most people whould have turned theirr back to the situation and at most phoned the Emergency Services. Well done!!.
Nothing wrong with just calling the emergency services though. Not everyone has what it takes to help like this woman has.
[quote][p][bold]spanner100[/bold] wrote: What a really excellent act by a very sensible lady. In this day and age most people whould have turned theirr back to the situation and at most phoned the Emergency Services. Well done!!.[/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with just calling the emergency services though. Not everyone has what it takes to help like this woman has. BernardCCC
  • Score: 9

5:57pm Mon 28 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

This lady deserves a medal indeed. How've ee, until depression loses the stigmatism it currently has (in right wing media outlets), people suffering from the illness will continue to feel ostracised.
This lady deserves a medal indeed. How've ee, until depression loses the stigmatism it currently has (in right wing media outlets), people suffering from the illness will continue to feel ostracised. mrleebob
  • Score: 7

5:58pm Mon 28 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

mrleebob wrote:
This lady deserves a medal indeed. How've ee, until depression loses the stigmatism it currently has (in right wing media outlets), people suffering from the illness will continue to feel ostracised.
However, not how've ee.
[quote][p][bold]mrleebob[/bold] wrote: This lady deserves a medal indeed. How've ee, until depression loses the stigmatism it currently has (in right wing media outlets), people suffering from the illness will continue to feel ostracised.[/p][/quote]However, not how've ee. mrleebob
  • Score: 1

11:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

markymassage says...

I witnessed Leah's actions and am full of admiration for her. She showed amazing tenacity and resourcefulness (not to mention bravery) helping a young woman she didn't know, but recognised to be in need.
In my opinion she more than merits an award.
I witnessed Leah's actions and am full of admiration for her. She showed amazing tenacity and resourcefulness (not to mention bravery) helping a young woman she didn't know, but recognised to be in need. In my opinion she more than merits an award. markymassage
  • Score: 13

7:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

leah_92 says...

thank you everyone for the comments xx and i also like to say a huge well done the Emergency Services for truning up so fast everyone goes on about how they dont trun up on time but they did xx
thank you everyone for the comments xx and i also like to say a huge well done the Emergency Services for truning up so fast everyone goes on about how they dont trun up on time but they did xx leah_92
  • Score: 10

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