10-year-old saves stepfather with first aid
A ten-year-old girl has saved her stepdad’s life, thanks to
first aid training from St John Ambulance
Bethany Simpson, a pupil at St Columb Major
Academy, Cornwall, bravely stepped in when her stepfather Robert
Hoskins (41) stopped breathing, on March 15. She delivered
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until an ambulance crew
Bethany’s mother Jane and Robert were watching
TV in bed when both of them had fallen asleep, but Jane woke up and
noticed Robert's breathing had become shallow, erratic and
laboured, like he was in pain.
Jane quickly realised he was unresponsive,
called 999 and followed the operator's advice, including moving him
onto his side to try and make him more comfortable.
But, when Robert stopped breathing completely
and the operator told her to give CPR, Jane completely froze.
‘I panicked and said “I can’t do it”,’ said
Jane, who suffers from panic attacks.
‘Fortunately, Bethany heard me scream, came
into the bedroom and said “It’s ok, mum, I know what to do”. She
was so confident and took charge.’
Bethany gave the chest compressions that kept
Robert, who is now recovering at home said: 'I
would just like to sincerely thank St John Ambulance for teaching
the children first aid. If it wasn't for them and Bethany, I
wouldn't be here.'
The ten-year-old says she doesn’t believe she
is a hero.
‘I’m just glad my dad is still here,’ she
Following the terrifying incident, Robert and
Bethany's mum, Jane Simpson (40), believe the Government should
make teaching first aid compulsory in all schools and are backing
St John Ambulance’s Big First Aid Lesson.
On June Friday 12 2015, Strictly Come
Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman will be hosting the charity’s Big First
Aid Lesson with the aim of equipping 50,000 young people with the
skills to act in an emergency.
‘This incident just shows why it’s important
to teach everyone first aid – especially in schools,’ said
‘Without my daughter and the training St John
Ambulance gave her, Robert would be dead and I would be
heartbroken. I’m so proud of Bethany and so very grateful. We both
St John Ambulance is calling on all
schools to sign up to its Big First Aid Lesson.