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Three real-life first aid stories where ordinary items saved the day

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Sam Hilton, who gave first aid to a neighbour who was bleeding heavily

Sam Hilton © Chris Bull/UNP

Did you know that you don’t need specialist equipment in order to help someone who is injured or hurt? No, really.

When doing first aid, there are lots of day-to-day items you can use to help someone instead.

Read three real-life first aid stories where ordinary items saved the day and you’ll soon be able to spot items around you should you ever need to help.

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“How I helped my baby having a febrile seizure”

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Leanne Barnett and her daughter Maia, who had a febrile seizure

Leanne and her daughter Maia, © Dave Fleming/UNP

Would you be able to spot a baby or child having a febrile seizure?

Two thirds of parents surveyed said they did not know what a febrile seizure was, or how to recognise or treat one.*

Luckily for 18-month-old Maia from Swindon, her mum Leanne Barnett did know what to do.

Back when Maia was six months old, Leanne decided to take a baby and child first aid course with the British Red Cross.

It was a good decision. When Maia suffered a febrile seizure, Leanne was able to give her daughter exactly the help she needed.

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

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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.

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

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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

A muddy marvellous idea…

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TM-RC-muddyGood luck to everyone tackling the South London Tough Mudder event this weekend. As you’re slipping and sliding through the obstacle course, you can be sure that a very special team of people have got your back… 

TM-startEach year, Red Cross volunteers help out at Tough Mudder events throughout the UK.

TM-BatmanLast year in Hampshire, for example, 20,000 people ran, swam… More

‘Would you like some CPR with that..?’

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Pizza-heart-BLOGA pizza delivery boy got more than he bargained for when he came across a life-threatening emergency – but he had a first aid trick or two up his sleeve.

Anson Lemmer probably thought he’d got an easy summer job.

After all, working as a pizza delivery boy in a sunny, sleepy Colorado town doesn’t sound too demanding.

But just two days in, during his very last order of the night, the pressures of Anson’s job took a sudden spike. More

The man who invented CPR

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Dr-James-Jude-BLOGDr James Jude died last week – but his pioneering medical work continues to save countless lives every year.

These days, pretty much everyone knows what you should do if someone collapses and stops breathing.

The signature CPR position (kneeling over someone and pushing rhythmically on their chest) is recognised across the world. It has featured in countless movies and TV medical dramas over the years.

It works, too. Giving simple chest compressions can keep casualties alive for those precious few minutes before professional help arrives. More

Is that a flake or a finger in your ice cream?

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Ice-cream-with-finger-BLOGThey were serving up ice cream cones with a difference in south Devon this week, after a man accidentally cut off his own digit in a car door.

Some tales you just couldn’t make up.

Earlier this week, a poor chap sliced off his own pinky in a car door just minutes after buying an ice cream.
But one thing was about to go right with his day.

When he raced back to the ice cream van, geysering blood and carrying his own bloodied finger, cool-headed Ruby Duke was behind the counter. More