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Woman's praise for air ambulance team who rescued her mother

Paramedic Andy Dalton, Liza McCarron and Theo Weston. Credit: GNAAS

A woman has praised the Great North Air Ambulance crew who rescued her mother earlier this year.

Liza McCarron and her husband Geoff Wilkinson visited the team's base in Langwathby to thank the doctor and paramedic who helped treat and airlift her mother to hospital on February 8, after she suffered from breathing difficulties.

Sixty-seven-year-old Janet Anne McCarron, known as Annie, from North Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, was rushed to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, but she died four days later.

Annie McCarron. Credit: GNAAS

Liza, from Bristol, thanked Doctor Theo Weston and paramedic Andy Dalton, and paid tribute to her "intelligent, generous and fiercely independent."

She also handed over £370 in funeral donations to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Sadly my mum died in the intensive care unit (ITU) but I'd like to thank all of the GNAAS crew for their great work in getting her there and giving her a chance.

The last words she said to me over the phone were ‘they're sending the ambulance.’

It has been a pleasure to talk to Theo and Andy, knowing that they were with her. It was reassuring and I feel it has helped bring closure.

The staff in ITU also gave her such care and compassion that I couldn't have asked for more.”

– Liza McCarron

Annie, 67, was a supporter of GNAAS and had lived in North Stainmore for 36 years.

Liza said: “Her ambition was to live on a remote hillside and she fulfilled her dream. I think knowing that there was an air ambulance in case anything happened allowed her to remain independent in a place she loved.

“It brings home how important GNAAS is in rural areas.”

Annie, described by her daughter as an “a life-long learner”, had studied philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wales as a mature student in her forties.

Liza said: “She was intelligent, generous and fiercely independent. Her friends would describe her as someone who made you think. A great loss to the world.”