The family of a toddler run over by a lawn mower has thanked the quick-thinking paramedics who helped to save her foot.

Amelia Duncan was seriously hurt when she dashed out in front of the ride-on mower on May 27.

Caught under the blades, the two-year-old suffered deep gashes to her right leg and her parents Ben and Tracy immediately dialled 999.

“One minute she was there and the next minute she was under the lawn mower,” Mrs Duncan said.

First to arrive at their Wisbech St Mary home were Andy Long and Jordan van Noortwijk, paramedics with the England Ambulance Service, and University of East Anglia student paramedic Rachel Sheehan. They were later joined by critical care paramedic Carl Smith, who volunteers with NARS.

It was decided Amelia should be rushed straight to the major trauma centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge rather than the nearest hospital in Lynn.

Mr Smith said: “Amelia had suffered a limb-threatening injury and her foot needed oxygen and specialist plastic surgery.

“There’s a strong chance she would have lost her foot if we hadn’t taken her straight to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.”

Amelia was in hospital for nearly four weeks and had seven operations to repair her foot.

The youngster and her parents were reunited with the medics in Lynn on Monday evening and thanked them for all they had done.

“I feel happier after seeing them all again. If it wasn’t for them we don’t know what might have happened,” Mrs Duncan said.

Miss Sheehan added: “It is really nice to know what has happened. I did not think that she would be walking now, even if they saved her leg.”