Train Aid Student Brings Back Friend From The Dead
August 06, 2012 Education News(PRLEAP.COM) Amy Nichole Banner was enjoying a pleasant Scottish country dancing holiday until her dancing partner and good friend Richard collapsed to the ground. Friends had already noticed "the colour drain from his face" and rushed over to help. As a way of coincidence Amy had completed an emergency first aid at work course only days before the dance and was able to take control of the situation until the ambulance arrived.
Those first on the scene established that Richard wasn't breathing and knew they had to quickly come up with a plan. Amy naturally took the role of group leader and describes how everyone had a job to do:
"It was important that we gathered enough first aiders to take turns in the CPR cycle. I knew that we were in a secluded location, and that the ambulance would take some time to arrive. I took the role of organising everyone. We decided that one person should focus on the compressions another on the rescues breaths, and I would keep count".
Further to this she explained how the group was like a "well-oiled machine" which was able to "swap tasks when each other got tired".
The ambulance arrived after roughly 15 minutes, but Amy described this as "feeling like a lifetime". The group helped the paramedics as much as they could before Richard was rushed to the nearest hospital in Dundee. The next day Richard pulled through and miracoulsy awoke with no apparent brain damage.
Amy summed things up by explaining how the events of the night had changed her thoughts on first aid:
"I now actively let others know how important first aid at work courses are. I did my training because of a work requirement, but ended up needing it when participating in my favourite pastime dancing. My experience proves that First aid saves lives. Do not hesitate if there is someone in need as you really can help".