Student nurse wins top award
Christopher Worth, a trainee nurse from
Southampton, has been named First Aider of the Year in Hampshire
for going to the aid of an elderly man in cardiac arrest.
The St John Ambulance first aider was
presented with a silver cup by Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of
Hampshire, at the charity's annual awards night at the Great Hall
Christopher’s story began on his
21st birthday when he found the man collapsed on a road
in the Shirley area of the city.
I’m just pleased I was in the right place, at the right time.
First Aider of the Year, Hampshire
He assessed the situation, asked his mum to
call 999 and got on with giving heart massage (Cardio Pulmonary
Resuscitation CPR) and rescue breaths (kiss of life).
Pat Morris, Commander of St John Ambulance,
praised his actions: 'He continued CPR for several minutes until
the ambulance arrived – you can imagine the intensity and energy
involved in this lifesaving action.
'When the paramedics arrived on the scene they
were so impressed by his skill that he became part of the team
helping to attach the defibrillator that would ultimately power the
man’s heart back into a normal rhythm.'
The patient was then whisked off by ambulance
to Southampton General Hospital where he was treated in Intensive
Mrs Morris added: 'We would love to know what
happened to the patient. We do know he survived the initial
trauma of the heart attack because his grateful daughter paid for
an anonymous ‘Thank You’ in the Southern Daily Echo with the
message – "CPR does work".'
Christopher, now aged 22, said: 'I just
went into auto pilot. I'm just pleased I was in the right
place, at the right time.'
St John Ambulance Hampshire also celebrated
the 52nd anniversary of Harry Dymond, from Hedge
Mr Dymond joined as a Cadet in 1951 and has
held many voluntary roles in both Hampshire and nationally. He
is now President of St John Ambulance in Bitterne.
As a young man he achieved his Grand Prior Award (a special
award for passing 12 subjects by the age of 21) in 1958 which was
presented by Princess Margaret.
He has received many national accolades and is
a Knight of the Order of St John.
A St John Ambulance cadet from Totton was
presented with his Grand Prior Award at the event.
David Larbalestier, a Year 11 pupil from
Noadswood School, passed 12 different subjects to earn the award
and was chosen to represent Hampshire at a reception at Buckingham
Palace earlier this year.
He said: 'When we arrived, we
marched through the ground and into the main building– it was
absolutely amazing– like nothing I'd seen before.
'Princess Anne came in and walked around our
groups and talked to us about various different things. Overall,
they day was brilliant, one of the best days I have ever had in my
six-year St john career.'