MARSHLAND ST JAMES: Woman says her dead mum's spirit saved son's life after pond fall

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 02 June 2010

Jane Hawes and Kane lifesaver appeal for Magpas

Jane Hawes and Kane lifesaver appeal for Magpas

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI A WOMAN is convinced the spirit of her dead mother helped to save her two-year-old son s life after he fell into a pond and stopped breathing. Kane Hawes fell into a pond in his back garden in Walton Road, Marshland St James. His mo

Jane Hawes and Kane lifesaver appeal for Magpas

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI

A WOMAN is convinced the spirit of her dead mother helped to save her two-year-old son's life after he fell into a pond and stopped breathing.

Kane Hawes fell into a pond in his back garden in Walton Road, Marshland St James.

His mother Jane Hawes, 36, said: "I noticed he had gone missing. I saw a bag in the pond at the end of the garden."

Miss Hawes was horrified to discover Kane lying face down on the water.

She said: "It appeared that he had tried to grab the bag and fell in. I pulled him out. He had stopped breathing. I tried doing CPR. I'm not trained it was just stuff I had seen off the telly. But it wasn't working and his little lips had gone blue. I started to panic."

It is at this point Miss Hawes believes divine intervention saved her child's life.

She said: "My mother Jenny Hawes died of lung cancer at the age of 61 in June last year. Her death came five days after Kane's second birthday. She absolutely adored him.

"In desperation I screamed out, 'Jenny, please help me!' and at that point Kane came back to life. He started throwing up water and his heart started beating.

"It might sound very strange but it felt like my mother had taken Kane in her arms, saved his life and given him back to me.

"I told my mother to show me a sign that everything is okay before she died. I believe this was her doing just that."

Miss Hawes then called 999 and an emergency response vehicle, ambulance and air ambulance arrived within minutes.

Kane was treated by two Magpas doctors, Juergen Klein and Anne Booth and paramedic Simon Standen.

Miss Hawes said: "Juergen had to put tubes into Kane's mouth to get the water out. I heard them say he had stopped breathing again so I panicked and started screaming. Juergen reassured me he would treat Kane as if he were his own son. I'm so grateful."

Kane was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge by air ambulance and kept in for a week.

Miss Hawes said: "The doctors told me this was the first time they have seen a case where a child fall into a pond and live.

"The first word he said to me after he came around, about 24 hours after falling into the pond, was 'hiya'.

"It was so emotional. I have always been a Christian but this experience has convinced me beyond all doubt there is a God."

A spokesman for Magpas said: "Little Kane is very fortunate that we had people in the area at the time and that he was discovered quickly by his mother after falling in the pond."

Miss Hawes travelled to the Magpas operations base at RAF Wyton this month to launch the Mums 4 Magpas appeal to raise money for the charity.

Miss Hawes said: "I'm hoping to do a parachute jump to raise money and I urge people to do what they can."

Miss Hawes was joined by Kate Burland, from Little Paxton, near Huntingdon, who was saved by Magpas after she fell from a horse three years ago and her mother Jude Burland.

If you would like to do something to raise money for Magpas, telephone 01480 371 060 or visit www.magpas.org.uk.


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