National Volunteers' Week: St John Ambulance volunteer saves
life of 80-year-old man
National Volunteers' Week is an annual celebration of the 21
million wonderful people that spend their time making a difference
across the UK. Read about how volunteer Sue saved the life of
80-year-old David Inman
Sue is 51, lives in North Yorkshire, is a regular
churchgoer, has volunteered for St John Ambulance since she was 12,
and is now as a youth leader. Sue has
also saved a life.
If it weren’t for Sue, 80-year-old David Inman would have died
on the 25 January this year. Here’s the story about why he
Walking back from church on a Monday, Sue was alerted to an
incident by a fellow churchgoer in distress who she knew had a
hearing impairment. Knowing she could read lips, Sue offered her
assistance and immediately jumped to action. A bystander had
already called for an ambulance.
After assessment, Sue knew David was not breathing and
immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) along with
a passer-by who also stopped to help. He had been first aid trained
but had forgotten what to do, so Sue taught him the technique and
they continued for 20 minutes.
A nurse driving by also came onto the scene to assist and Sue
also showed her the CPR technique, as well as a local off-duty
policeman who was in the area.
The group of good Samaritans, led by Sue, continued CPR until
the ambulance arrived and paramedics took David to Harrogate
Hospital, before transferring him to Leeds General Infirmary, where
he underwent surgery. After spending three days in a coma, David
was released to begin the recovery process at home.
Naturally, David and his family were keen to meet Sue to thank
her for her life saving actions. He said: ‘I’m so grateful to Sue
as without her first aid intervention I wouldn’t have survived. It
really is a miracle and I am living proof that first aid really
works. I’m still undergoing treatment, but am recovering very well
and I have Sue and a group of good Samaritans to thank for
As important as Sue’s and David’s story is, it’s just one of a
countless number of deeds of goodwill performed by St John
Ambulance volunteers every year. From applying a plaster to a
grazed knee at a village fete, spending time managing our
volunteers base, to actually saving someone’s life; they all
deserve our thanks - and they all need your support.
Your donation could help support volunteers like Sue