Carer support programme saves a life
A mother and carer from
Dorset saved her disabled sons life after receiving
vital training from the St John
Ambulance Carer support programme.
Stephanie King, who looks after her
disabled son Matthew who has a learning disability, was grateful
she had attended the Carers support programme aimed at helping
After she had finished feeding her son his evening meal, Matthew
started choking. Stephanie took him out of his wheelchair and
placed him on the floor. She placed him on his knees and started
doing five back slaps and five abdominal thrusts.
Matthew, then stopped breathing. She started resuscitation, and
only when she became exhausted did Stephanie place him in the
recovery position and ran to her next door neighbours' Ken and
Judy Rickman who phoned for an ambulance.
When the paramedics arrived they managed to revive
Matthew. Stephanie said: 'If I had not attended the St John
Ambulance Carers support programme I would not have known what to
do. St John Ambulance gave me the knowledge and confidence to help
save my son's life.'
Julie McDermott, Care Training and Development Manager for St
John Ambulance, Dorset, said: 'Caring for someone at home is a
tough job. Most carers have very little experience prior to taking
on such a great responsibility. As part of the Carers support
programme, emergency and basic first aid skills are taught based
around accidents that are likely to occur in the home, along with
safe handling and information about how to keep both the carer and
the person they care for well.'
If you are caring for someone living at home in Bournemouth, the
next course in your area commences on Wednesday 16 January
2008. For more information about all the courses and future
carers events to be held throughout Dorset in 2008, please contact
Julie McDermott on 01305 751162 or Georgia Tiller
on 01202 635912.