Jennifer O’Shanesy is the partner of ‘gentle giant’ James Biggs, who died after his car hit a power pole on Burnett St earlier this month.
Jennifer O’Shanesy is the partner of ‘gentle giant’ James Biggs, who died after his car hit a power pole on Burnett St earlier this month. David Nielsen

Teen boys try to save crash victim

A GRIEVING Ipswich woman has thanked a group of teenage boys who tried desperately to pull her stricken partner from his wrecked car.

James Biggs was returning home on the short journey from Ipswich Hospital to his Coalfalls home, after finishing his shift as a wardsman, when he suffered a heart attack on January 11.

His car crashed into a power pole on Burnett St and the impact, combined with the heart attack and lack of oxygen, left Mr Biggs in urgent need of medical attention.

His partner Jennifer O'Shanesy said the details of what happened next had gradually been revealed to her since the crash.

"Apparently there were some teenage boys walking down the street when it happened. They ran over and tried to open his driver side door, because what happened was he had a heart attack and hit a telephone pole," she said.

"I think one of the boys rang an ambulance on his mobile. I don't think they even thought about it. I think it is so lovely that someone tried to help."

Mr Biggs was resuscitated by paramedics and rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

However, he died 10 days later on January 21.

"I'd just like to say thank you to those teenage boys who just helped him so quickly, and also anyone else who helped at the scene," Ms O'Shanesy said.

"They tried to pull the door open. The whole car was just pushed back."

She said Mr Biggs had been a gentle giant and an ever-reliable wardsman at Ipswich Hospital.

"He was a very outgoing, pretty gentle kind of person. Imagine the most gentle giant gentleman," she said.

"He was very sweet, very caring and not just towards the patients, but to the nurses as well."

Ms O'Shanesy said one lesson which should be learned from Mr Biggs' death was the importance of knowing CPR.

Mr Biggs was originally from Bundaberg, and a funeral ceremony will be conducted tomorrow in his home town.

Ms O'Shanesy is also planning a special farewell for Mr Biggs in Ipswich.

If anyone would like to contact her they can reach Ms O'Shanesy at jenjames53@live.com.au.


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