Hero Parent of the Year 2017
Alex McHugh - WINNER
Mum saved baby's life following Nursery Rhymes Inc
Mum Alex McHugh, saved her son Joel’s life after he stopped
breathing at just seven weeks old when the family were getting into
the car after the school run. Despite being panicked, the
quick-thinking mum rushed to a close-by shop and one of the
customers helped her to lie him on the floor, and then she
performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, saving his life. Alex
only knew what to do after she had seen the
St John Ambulance Nursery Rhymes Inc video which teaches CPR,
just a day prior to the incident. The terrifying incident came
after Joel was diagnosed with CCAM (congenital cystic adenomatoid
malformation), a foetal lung lesion which required antenatal
surgery, as well as high risk surgery at three days old to remove
most of his left lung.
Father saved baby's life
After a day out with their children, dad Gareth jumped into
action as their 10-month-old baby turned blue and stiff as she
choked on her food. After hitting little Apryl on her back
repeatedly, the blockage was dislodged. At first it didn't seem to
be doing anything, but then the last bit of food came out. Gareth
and his partner took Apryl to the hospital and ensured she was OK
after her ordeal, with doctors confirming she had no injuries from
the shocking incident thanks to her dad's quick thinking.
Mum saved baby's life after choking on a
Mum Kayleigh Porter, 28, was terrified when her daughter Skyla,
who is just over a year old, started foaming at the mouth and
throwing up bile. Frantic and unaware her child had swallowed a
penny, Kayleigh slapped Skyla on the back, stopping her from
choking before paramedics arrived at their home. It transpired that
when Kayleigh slapped Skyla on the back, she dislodged the coin so
that her airway was passable, meaning her daughter could breathe.
Skyla was then taken into surgery and put to sleep so that the coin
could be removed.
Mum saves choking child – just days after completing
first aid course
A mum saved her choking daughter's life thanks to a first aid
course she completed a little over a week earlier. The drama
unfolded when five-year-old Poppy was having chips for supper with
her father. Her mother Sarah Jones, 32, was in the kitchen when she
heard him shout for help. She ran into the lounge and found Poppy
making gasping noises. Sarah had learnt what to do in the event of
choking during a St John Ambulance first aid course, earlier in the
month. The first aid trainer demonstrated what to do when dealing
with a choking incident using an example from 2015, when he saved
his own seven-year-old daughter from choking on a boiled sweet.
Sarah knew exactly what to do and saved Poppy's life.
Welsh mum becomes hero
Chloe's 12-months-old daughter Lilly, had not been too well and
Chloe had contacted the hospital to see if she could get an
emergency appointment. That evening Lilly began having a seizure,
so Chloe kept calm, remembered her first aid and made sure the area
was safe, however Lilly rapidly became unresponsive and Chloe had
to carry out CPR. She advised the child minder to call for an
ambulance and thankfully her daughter came round and was taken to
hospital, where she made a full recovery.