Melinda Andersen sits beside daughter Summah Brakenridge’s hospital bed, relieved Summah is not seriously injured.
Melinda Andersen sits beside daughter Summah Brakenridge’s hospital bed, relieved Summah is not seriously injured. Alistair Brightman

Party-goers saved Summah

SUMMAH Brakenridge’s life was saved by two boys who rushed to her side after she was hit by a car in Maryborough at the weekend.

That is how the 15-year-old’s mother, Melinda Andersen, sees it.

Her opinion was supported by a doctor at Hervey Bay Hospital who diagnosed a miracle on Walker Street.

Melinda was fraught with fear on Saturday when she received the news her daughter had been taken by ambulance to Maryborough Hospital after being knocked unconscious by a car.

Summah had been at a friend’s 17th birthday party in Walker Street when she ran on to the road in an attempt to stop a male friend getting involved in a fight.

It was while she was in the middle of the street the front bumper of a car struck her legs, flipping her on to the windscreen and back down on to the bitumen.

Two other male friends rushed to her side to help.

A visibly upset Melinda yesterday told her daughter there would be no more breaking up fights between boys.

“The two boys saved her life,” Melinda said from Hervey Bay Hospital yesterday.

“She was bleeding in the mouth and nose and so they put her in the recovery position.

“If it wasn’t for them she wouldn’t be how she is.

“I am so thankful. Even the driver tried to help.”

The 22-year-old driver did not know Summah and Melinda does not believe he was at fault, a point reinforced by the fact he will not be charged over the accident.

Despite one resident saying a large crowd of teenagers surrounded the driver “who nearly got his head knocked off”, Melinda has been told a different version of events.

“They were all going to see what was going on and to get Summah off the road. The driver was trying to make room for the two boys helping her.”

The incident happened about 10.30pm. Summah was taken to Maryborough Hospital to be stabilised and then to Hervey Bay Hospital for treatment.

It was all “a bit of a blur” for Melinda, who left her home immediately for the hospital. It was a sleepless night until Sunday morning when the news came Summah did not have any serious injuries.

She has a sore knee and was looking miserable from her hospital bed yesterday, with dark bruising around her eyes. But no bones are broken and besides being shaken, she is fine.

“It’s just a big relief,” Melinda said. “Obviously someone is watching out for us; she has a guardian angel.

“One of the doctors said ‘there must have been a miracle in Maryborough on Saturday night’.

“I’d like to thank Maryborough and Hervey Bay hospitals. All the staff were so wonderful and helpful; they were great.”

She also has advice for other partying teens: “Stay in the back yard. You’re going out to have a good time and not get hurt.”



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