Michael Atkins, 41, told London's High Court how he encountered Elizabeth - now 23 -as she was being rushed from her classroom by her teacher, Beryl Brown, and a group ofpupils.
Mr Atkins was speaking on the second day of Elizabeth's battle for damages against the London Borough of Bexley, who managed the Riverside School where she was a pupil.Elizabeth was struggling to use her inhaler, he said, and Mr Atkins raced off to get help from another teacher who knew first aid.
'I thought she needed immediate help,' he told the court. 'I wasn't quite sure how serious it was, but it certainly was not the usual run of the mill incident with somebody falling ill in the class room.'
The Council denies blame, claiming Mrs Brown was unaware of Elizabeth's asthmatic condition.
Mr Badenoch, told the court yesterday that the oxygen starvation suffered by Elizabeth had caused severe brain damage. Elizabeth, of 26 Longsworth Close, London (SE28) seeks damages from Bexley Council, who deny negligence.