Desperate attempts made to save youngest victim of Hillsborough disaster

Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster
Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster
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Details of the desperate attempts to save the life of the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster have been revealed to the jury in the new inquests.

Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the cousin of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard, was just 10 when he died in the 1989 disaster.

Former police officer Mark Llewellyn, who travelled in an ambulance with Jon-Paul, described lifting the 10-year-old by the ankles as an ambulance woman tried desperately to clear his airway by banging on his back.

Mr Llewellyn had gone to help Jane Moffatt, after seeing her treating Jon-Paul in an ambulance parked by the stadium.

He said Ms Moffatt was ‘distressed’ and ‘obviously crying’ as she tried to resuscitate the young boy.

Mr Llewellyn said Jon-Paul appeared unconscious and he could not feel a pulse. He gave him CPR on the way to hospital.

Mr Llewellyn said: “When it was obvious that Mr Gilhooley was not breathing, at some point on the journey, I physically lifted him by his ankles and the ambulance woman tried to pat his back, bang his back and free anything that was stuck in his throat.”

He said there was no sign of life at any point in the journey to the Northern General Hospital.

Karen Thackeray, who on the day was a registered nurse in the A&E department at the Northern General Hospital, said unsuccessful attempts were made to resuscitate Jon-Paul at the hospital.

Jon-Paul’s body was identified at 3.30am the following morning by his father Ronald Gilhooley, who travelled to Sheffield from Liverpool after being told at 11.10pm on the day of the disaster that his son was one of those feared dead.

The hearings continue.