A MOTHER is appealing for help in tracing the hit-and-run driver who critically injured her young daughter.
Eleven-year-old Gemma Day, of Down Close, Northolt, was cycling on Yeading Lane, close to Barnhill Community High, where she is a year seven pupil, on Thursday, March 18, when she was struck by an unknown driver.
She was on her way to see a friend. The car drove on after the collision, leaving the injured youngster at the side of the road.
Jackie Day, Gemma's mum, and her husband, Harry, have worked for the ambulance service for 50 years between them. When she was told of her daughter's accident, she hurried to the scene.
She said: "I was with the ambulance team, just trying to keep her calm. She kept insisting that she wanted to get up, but I could tell that something was wrong."
Gemma's condition was assessed by medics as critical and she was transferred from Hillingdon Hospital to Great Ormond Street in central London for specialist treatment.
A brain scan revealed three internal bleeds, which could have been fatal had they not been detected.
Gemma's condition was closely monitored over the weekend, and she has since returned home.
Mrs Day added: "It was quite traumatic. Helping people in similar situations is what I do for a living, but when it's one of your own, it is very different. I am the most relieved mum in the world. The whole family were sick with worry, and some travelled from Northampton just to be by her bedside. She is a very lucky girl."
The car has been described as a small, dark-coloured hatchback and, although several possible models have been put forward by witnesses, police are still trying to narrow the search down.
Mrs Day added: "We all make mistakes - jumping a red light, going faster than we should - but it's simple: If you hit someone, you stop.
"I dread to think what would have happened if no one had been around and the ambulance hadn't arrived as quickly as it did. The outcome could have been a lot worse. Anyone with any information and a conscience should do the right thing and come forward. My daughter could have been killed."
DS Jeff Harper, of Alperton Collision Investigation Unit (CIU), said: "The only difference between that girl being alive and dead is pure luck, and the fact that she is alive and well doesn't make this crime any less reprehensible. We intend to follow all lines of enquiry and bring those responsible to justice."
Anyone who can assist police should call Alperton CIU on 020 8998 5319 Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.