THE mum of a little boy who broke his leg in a playground has praised the actions of a stranger who came to his rescue.
Rayl Littleboy, 31, of The Pallant, Goring, said she would like to personally thank a man who helped her son after he snapped two bones in his leg.
And she would also like to apologise to the Good Samaritan after accusing him of trying to take her son.
Five-year-old Nathan Lee Littleboy broke his tibia and fibula when he was playing on a see-saw in the playground on the seafront, opposite Marine Gardens and near the water garden, on Friday, July 29.
Rayl was over by the swings with her daughter when she heard an “almighty scream”.
She said: “Nathan was on the see-saw and I heard an almighty scream and turned around and saw a man picking him up.
“I thought he was making off with him – that was my first thought.
“I shouted ‘what are you doing with my child’ and then he said it was a bad break.
“I saw Nathan’s leg and I said put him down on the ground and then he just disappeared.”
She added: “I could not ask him what he saw or say thank-you or anything.
“All I was thinking was of Nathan.”
The Lyndhurst First School pupil, who is a keen swimmer and is learning karate, will have to wear a full leg cast for five weeks followed by a smaller cast for two weeks.
Nathan caught his leg under the play equipment, although it is not clear how the accident happened.
Now, Rayl has asked Worthing Council to carry out a risk assessment to make sure the see-saw is safe so no-one else is injured.
She said: “My concern is if it happened to another child. If it was a child’s head it does not bear thinking about.”
The council was unable to comment on the situation as we went to print.
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