11-year-old St John Ambulance Badger saves dad's life
An 11-year-old St John Ambulance
volunteer from Cornwall has put her first aid training into action
by saving her dad’s life.
Maria Rowe used cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) to help her dad John start breathing after he
collapsed at their home in Redruth on 18 June.
The Trewirgie School pupil has learnt first aid and other
important life skills as a member of the Redruth Badger Sett for
the last four years.
Quick thinking Maria put first aid knowledge into
Maria called 999 and told the call taker that she was a St John
Ambulance Badger and was guided through performing CPR. On
the third cycle of resuscitation, John started to breathe
again and an ambulance crew arrived and took over
Doctors have since confirmed that John suffered a heart attack.
He is now recovering at the Royal Cornwall Hospital following
Maria’s heroic actions.
Importance of learning life saving skills
Her mum Saras said: ‘What Maria did was absolutely amazing. She
was calm and took control as I didn’t know what to do. We are so
proud of what she did and will be forever thankful that
Maria had been taught first aid.’
Dave Christophers, Deputy Commissioner (Youth) for St John
Ambulance in Cornwall, said: ‘We are delighted that Maria
put everything she had learnt into action – she was calm
during what must have been a harrowing experience and delivered CPR
with the advice and encouragement of the emergency call
‘I don’t think she realises the importance of what she has done
and calmly went to school the next morning as if nothing had
‘This incident highlights the importance of first aid – it
really can be the difference between a life lost and a life