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The selfless bravery of a Staffordshire Community Nurse who came to the aid of a family involved in a road traffic incident has been recognised with a special commendation.

Ami Houghton was on duty near Stone when she came across one vehicle in a bush and another on its roof and partially submerged.

“It was particularly bad weather and when I went to the car on its roof I noticed there were two children, along with the father, who were in the back trying to get out as the front of the vehicle was under water,” said Ami, who works in Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust’s (MPFT) Stone and Eccleshall Community Nursing team.

“I had to climb through a couple of bushes to get to the car on its roof. I managed to get one of the doors open and got the children out of the car whilst the dad was able to get himself out. I kept the kids in my car to ensure they remained warm until the emergency services arrived.

“It was a really intense situation and must have been very frightening for the children especially. I found out the night before that I was pregnant so it was all a bit of a whirlwind!”

The incident took place in December 2023 and Ami was nominated for the MPFT commendation by Karen Fenton, Resuscitation Lead, who said: “When I learned of the incident, and Ami’s heroic actions I knew I had to ensure she got the recognition she deserved.”

Ami received the commendation at MPFT’s Celebrating Nursing Event by Liz Locket, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality & Professional Leadership. Liz said: “Ami’s selfless bravery exemplifies the very best of MPFT and of nursing itself – care and compassion under what must have been very challenging circumstances. I was so proud to be able to present the Chief Nurse Commendation to Ami to honour the courage she displayed that day. She is a credit to the Trust.”