A mum has thanked members of the community for rushing to her aid when her toddler started fitting.

Joanna Burston, 27, from Hereford was Christmas shopping in Worcester Crowngate with her mum and son, Frankie.

The mother of one recalls: “Frankie had just woken up from a nap, the next minute, he was fitting in his pushchair. It was terrifying, I was so scared for him.”

“For him to go from being perfectly well to fitting in seconds was absolutely horrifying. It was all such a blur, I was panicking. I know that people from the community rushed to help us,so that was really lovely."

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3:27pm on December 20 to reports of a medical emergency at Crowngate Shopping Centre.

“We sent one ambulance to the scene. On arrival we found one patient, a male toddler. He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

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Miss Burston continued: "They blue lighted him to the hospital and he was examined by a doctor. The doctor explained that he had had a febrile fit. They are apparently very common in young children, but I had never heard of it before. It was such a traumatic thing to go through and something that is not well known. I want to raise awareness, so other parents can be prepared should it ever happen to their children. Online research is key, it happened so quickly, it was crazy."

Frankie Heath, is one years old and is back to his normal self with no long term effects from his seizure.

A febrile seizure, also known as a fever fit or febrile convulsion, is a seizure associated with a high body temperature but without any serious underlying health issue. They most commonly occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.

See www.nhs.uk/conditions/febrile-seizures/