Merseyrail guard 'saved
my son's life'
THE prompt action of a train guard, at
Liverpool South Parkway Station, on Tuesday 7 March 2017, saved the life of a
diabetic passenger who was slipping into a hypoglycaemic coma, the man's mother
In a dramatic call to BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Philips show, on Wednesday, 8 March
2017, the mother, who gave her name as Mary, said that without the guard's
actions she believed her son would have died, and called for guards to be kept
on all trains.
As he made his way down the train the guard on the Northern Line service had
found the man apparently asleep but sweating profusely.
Recognising the signs of a 'hypo', the guard managed to rouse the
passenger sufficiently to confirm that he was diabetic and immediately raised
Station staff assisted in getting him off the train, contacted the emergency
services, enlisted the help of an off duty nurse, and informed the man's family.
The passenger was discharged later that night after treatment.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "Without the guard working his way
through that train this unfortunate passenger could have been missed entirely,
with potentially tragic consequences. This is yet another example of why we need
a guard on every train, but if Merseyrail get their way that guard would simply
not be there. Driver only train operation is being spun as modern and safe, but
beneath the spin it is nothing more than a money saving attack on everyone's