Mum’s search for rescue hero who came to her son’s aid after falling from his bike on Mother’s Day

Ben Flannigan, 11, after  he fell off his bike
Ben Flannigan, 11, after he fell off his bike

A grateful mum is searching for the Good Samaritan who came to the aid of her young son who suffered a head injury when he fell from his bike.

Ben Flannigan had the accident while riding at about 12.15pm on Sunday - Mother’s Day - on the path behind Boldon Lane.

Ben Flannigan after  he fell off his bike

Ben Flannigan after he fell off his bike

The 11-year-old, from Biddick Hall, hit his head badly on the concrete and blood was gushing from a wound.

An unidentified man, thought to possibly be called Chris, rushed to help the St Wilfrid’s College pupil, who was beginning to lose his vision due to concussion.

Ben’s mum Alyson Vaughan, a registered nurse, said: “He lost a lot of his memory. He couldn’t remember how to get home, but he was able to show the man the way to his friend’s hous.

“That was before he lost his vision, before his sight had gone.”

I just want to thank the man for helping my son and not walking by – It could have been so much worse had he not been there

Alyson Vaughan, Ben’s mum

Alyson and husband Chris, 35, a pharmacist, spent seven hours in hospital with Ben so that doctors could observe the extent of his head injury.

Alyson, who is also mum to Ben’s one-year-old brother Joshua, said: “It was an awful day especially being Mother’s Day.

“They had to keep Ben in for observation. They thought he may have had a fractured skull, but that was ruled out.

“He’s now got a huge haematoma on his head and a cut where his head hit the concrete. He’s also got a sprained ankle and a lot of bruising around his knees.”

Ben Flannigan, 11 wants to thank you after someone came to his aid after  he fell off his bike
Mother Alyson Vaughan

Ben Flannigan, 11 wants to thank you after someone came to his aid after he fell off his bike Mother Alyson Vaughan

Thankfully, Ben, who also has a step-sister, Layla Vaughan, and half-brother, Max Flannigan, both aged three, looks set to make a full recovery after a few days off school.

Alyson is now desperate to find the man who helped her son, so that she can thank him properly.

She added: “I just want to thank the man for helping my son and not walking by.

“It could have been so much worse had he not been there.

“Had it not been for this man, who either saw what happened, or appeared soon after, I don’t think he would have found his way to his friend’s house before he lost his sight.

“Ben says the man who helped him was also on a bike.

“He thinks he was called Chris, and was perhaps in his 50s, but this is from a child suffering from concussion.”

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