A Bideford man has thanked a group of schoolchildren who called an ambulance after he had a seizure in the street.

A man from Bideford wants to thank three school pupils who may well have saved his life.

Laurence Davey, who suffers from a seizure disorder similar to epilepsy, collapsed into a fit in King Street in Bideford last Tuesday evening.

Three teenagers tended to Mr Davey, putting him in the recovery position and checking his airway while they phoned an ambulance.

The youngsters stayed with him until the ambulance crew arrived.

Although the 45-year-old was unable to recall the event, the ambulance crew who eventually treated him filled him in on what happened.

“When I go down I get memory blanks, but I remember there being two ambulance crew asking me questions after I came round,” he said.

“They informed me that a small group of school children had found me, put me in the recovery position and called the ambulance.

“They stayed with me the whole time and ensured I was safe – maintaining my airway.”

Mr Davey, who has medical experience himself, was overwhelmed that the teenagers had stopped to help him.

“I wouldn’t expect a 14- or 15-year-old child to stop and help a 45-year-old man.

“I find it commendable that three teenagers will stop and help a complete stranger.

“In this day and age, I feel these kids need to be praised – not all children are bad.”

“I owe my life to those kids. If I had swallowed my tongue I would have had three to four minutes to live.

“If it wasn’t for them I would be dead.

“They knew exactly what was happening and helped. I can’t thank them enough.”