Heroic Helen praised for baby rescue

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BOSSES have paid tribute to a South Yorkshire health worker caught up in a life-saving drama on holiday.

Helen Beard, from Worksop, on an Easter break in Florida from her job with NHS Doncaster, spotted 16-month-old Jah-Nea Myles about to fall from a balcony and ran and caught her.

The 44-year-old, the trust’s director of performance, has been awarded a medal for her quick-thinking action as the baby fell from the fourth-floor balcony of a hotel in Orlando.

NHS Doncaster chief executive Annette Laban said: “I am extremely proud of Helen and her tremendous courage when faced with such a difficult life-saving situation.

“The way she reacted so quickly and bravely to save a life of a young child is testament to her kind and caring nature.

“I hope that Helen and her family are now able to relax and enjoy the rest of their holiday in Florida.”

Helen, on holiday with her partner and 14-year-old son, was awarded the Orange County Sheriff Office’s Medal of Meri.

She said: “It felt like it was something anyone would have done and I feel honoured to be recognised in this way.”