Greenwich girl injured from stairs fall meets Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex

News Shopper: A Greenwich girl who was seriously injured after falling down the stairs was in the presence of royalty last week. A Greenwich girl who was seriously injured after falling down the stairs was in the presence of royalty last week.

A Greenwich girl who was injured after falling down the stairs was in the presence of royalty last week.

Iris Filbee, of Maze Hill, was greeted by Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex as they visited the London Air Ambulance.

The seven-year-old fell down her stairs at her Greenwich home last year and suffered an injury which caused a seizure.

A London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedic was on the scene within four minutes and feared the worst because Iris was unresponsive.

But, with help from London Air Ambulance, it was possible for advanced trauma team members Dr Claire Richmond and Karen King to attend to Iris within minutes.

Iris's mum Sarah Filbee, 41,  said: "We feared the worst, but with what seemed like minutes, the right people were on scene making the right assessment. I felt extremely reassured.

"Iris feels so special to be meeting a real princess today and it is a lovely treat for her after all she has been through."

The royal meeting fell on the birthday of the Earl of Wessex's 50th birthday and the team presented him with a cake.

And Iris met her real life princess by presenting the countess with some flowers at the end of their visit.

Part of the Wessex Youth Trust, the earl awarded the service, which is part of the Wessex Youth Trust with a donation of more than £10,000 last year.

And they were invited to watch advanced trauma doctors carry out a training scenario and were given a tour of medical equipment.

Chief executive of London’s Air Ambulance Graham Hodgkin said: "We were delighted to welcome the royal couple and are extremely grateful for their support through the Wessex Youth Trust."

London’s Air Ambulance is currently raising money for a second helicopter and extended daylight flying hours to help save more lives. To donate, please visit londonsairambulance.co.uk/donate

Or to sign up to the lottery for just £1 a week at londonsairambulance.co.uk/lottery

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