Cadet Matty puts first aid skills into practice
14-year-old is the difference for
seriously injured pedestrian
Cannock Cadet, Matty McLean, didn’t hesitate to
put his first aid skills into action when he
realised a man needed urgent first aid.
Matty and mum Jenny were among the first people at the scene of
an accident in Hednesford Road on New Year’s Eve when they came
across the man who had been hit while crossing the road. He had
been propelled across the top of the car and suffered
An off duty medic was first on the scene and Matty worked with
him as he performed a primary survey and treated the pedestrian.
Matty got down on his hands and knees and held the injured
man’s head as he has been trained.
Matty stayed with the injured man until the response team came
and helped to put a collar on him, keeping his head in place, as
the man was having difficulty breathing and had
It is believed that the man had multiple fractures to his pelvis
and lower body, punctured lungs and was due to spend several weeks
in a hospital critical care unit.
Matty’s mum, Jenny, said: ‘As parents we would like to thank
everyone at St John Ambulance for training Matty as he was able to
attend to the person. He had no hesitation in what he did.’
Phil Kinghorn, Regional Youth Manager, said: 'I
am very proud of Matty and the mature way that he reacted to this
accident. He undoubtedly helped to make a real
difference in this potentially life threatening
(Picture of Matty McLean, courtesy of The Express and The