Published 21 December 2023

A quick-thinking pupil helped his teacher when she suffered a serious asthma attack during a lesson.

Lyndsay Robertson, 41 was teaching her primary four pupils at Whitecrook Primary School, when she felt a tightness in her chest and a sudden shortness of breath and quickly realised she was having an asthma attack in class.

During the dramatic moment, brave eight year old George Fox from Whitecrook, Clydebank could see his teacher was struggling to breathe and was unable to speak and without hesitating quickly ran to get her inhaler which was within her handbag. 

Thanks to George’s swift action, Miss Robertson is fine and is so grateful to George.  

Lyndsay, said: “During a routine lesson I began to feel unwell and in a very short time, found myself having a severe asthma attack.  I knew my inhaler was in my bag but I was unable to reach it or speak to ask for help.  A lot of the children were unfortunately sitting in shock and frightened but George quickly realised what was happening and thinking clearly he ran to get me my bag.  I can’t thank him enough, he remained calm and his prompt actions helped me recover very quickly.  I am so proud of him-he’s my superhero.”

George, said: “I know Miss Robertson has asthma and I’ve seen her take her inhaler but this time, her coughing was more than I’d ever heard before.  When I looked at her face it was purple and I knew she was struggling to breathe. I ran to the cupboard where I know she keeps her handbag and all I could think was I need to get her inhaler to her quickly.  I’m happy she’s back to normal now and I’ll know what to do the next time.”

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services, said: “What a brave level-headed boy George is, to remain clam in a desperately frightening situation is just remarkable. I would like to thank him for being so thoughtful and he should be very proud of himself, like we all are. Well done George.”