First aid

In the nick of time: ‘I feared giving birth in the car’

Red Cross volunteers Nigel and Stuart with Claire and baby Tori

As thousands of runners’ feet pounded the roads in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon on 10 April, an expectant mum was desperately trying to find a way through the resulting traffic.

Claire Burke had gone into labour.

She had been driving to her mum’s for breakfast with her eight-year-old daughter Mia when she’d started to feel the contractions.

“At first I thought they were Braxton Hicks (false labour),” Claire said.

But as she tried to navigate through the road closures and diversions, the contractions grew stronger and stronger. Before long they were coming every minute.

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Five ways runners could save the day with first aid

Runners in a marathon

Whether you’re training for a marathon, a 10k or just enjoy the odd jog, as a regular runner you’re in a unique position to help others. But you might not be aware of it.

Being out and about early in the morning or in remote areas means you could be the first person to bump into someone in a first aid crisis. Would you be able to help?

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‘Knowing first aid helped me save a motorcyclist’s life’

Helen Cowen used her first aid skills to save the life of a motorcyclist who crashed outside her home.Not everyone could handle the sight of a bloodied motorcyclist with a badly severed leg. Helen Cowen could, and her first aid knowledge saved a man’s life.

As 13 March is Good Samaritan Day, what better time to tell you Helen’s story?

“I had decided to sit in the garden one evening when I heard a loud crash,” Helen said.

“At first I thought something had fallen off our recently renovated house. But as I walked to the front of the house, I could see a small crowd gathered on the pavement outside.”

The scene outside her house was upsetting.

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First aid tips for the Christmas party season

Man dressed as a festive elf collapses unconscious on a bar

It’s officially ‘Mad Friday’ – the day many festive revellers hit the town. There will be a lot of drinking. There will be a lot of Christmas jumpers. And inevitably there will be some accidents and injuries.

According to the NHS, every year more than 80,000 people need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.

So whether you’re going out or staying in, read these first aid tips. Who knows – two minutes reading this blog could save you from spending Christmas in A&E. More

Why one boy’s accident proves first aid should be taught in schools

16 year old standing at a bus stop where he gave first aid to a schoolboy

Rowan Truelove

When 11-year-old Lewis stepped off the school bus he was immediately hit by a car. Luckily, a cool-headed teenager knew exactly what to do, thanks to a first aid course.

Many people would panic if they saw a child hit by a car. Not Rowan Truelove. The 16-year-old knew exactly what to do.
Thankfully, Rowan had done a two-hour first aid course at his air cadets with St John Ambulance.

“The first aid training I did was very basic but it really helped,” Rowan said.

“The bus had pulled up and Lewis stepped out into the road and a car just came along and that was it. He had a broken leg – there was no doubt about that.” More

One mother’s tragic story – and her message for every parent

Kim Hunter’s two-year-old son Rocco died after a febrile seizure. Now Kim wants to share her experience to make sure all parents and carers learn some first aid.

Toddler running through grass

Rocco

“Rocco was an incredibly energetic, active boy. He got bored easily. He liked to be outside and helping me to walk the dog.

“The first time he had a febrile seizure I had no idea what was happening. He was 14 months old at the time. We were in a shop and he suddenly went stiff and his eyes rolled back. More