L-R Flatmates Sephora Bongongo, Lauren Walker and Rehna Naqvi

The search to find three mystery Edge Hill healthcare students who came to the aid of an injured teenager in Ormskirk has been solved, after a University call-out was launched to find them. 

First year students Lauren Walker, 22, Sephora Bongongo, 20, and Rehna Naqvi, 23, have been revealed as the heroic trio who were the first on the scene to help a young skateboarder while out doing their weekly shop. 

The students, who live together on campus, rushed to the aid of local teenager Harry Clark after he fell off his skateboard in the market town of Ormskirk, leaving him with a small crack in his pelvis. 

Lauren, who is studying Children’s Nursing and Social Work, and Midwifery students Sephora and Rehna, quickly responded by calling an ambulance and waited with Harry for two and a half hours, providing him with their coats to keep him warm. 

Lauren, who is from Northampton, said: “When we saw Harry fall, I think our instincts just kicked in straight away and we knew that we had to check that he was OK. Rehna called the ambulance while we spoke to him and made sure he didn’t move or potentially cause himself any more pain.  

“We’re all in our first year at University and are all studying healthcare courses, so while we didn’t have the expertise or equipment to help him, we wanted to wait with him and make sure he was comfortable, warm and keep his spirits up while we waited for help to arrive. It was so lovely to hear that Harry and his family had been looking for us and wanted to say thank you. I honestly think we did what anyone would do in that situation really, you just want to help someone.” 

The students were identified following a social media search led by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine and the teenager’s grateful mother, Alison Clark, who is also a member of staff at the University. 

Alison, Student Success Manager at Edge Hill, said: “I want to pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation to Lauren, Sephora and Rehna for all they did to help Harry. With the shock of what had happened we couldn’t take down their details at the time, so when I heard that they were students at Edge Hill, I wanted to try and track them down and say thank you.  

“They were so kind and compassionate and demonstrated all the skills and qualities that I’m sure will make them wonderful healthcare professionals. They are a credit to Edge Hill.” 

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