Meet our heroes: Hero parent of the year finalists
With our Everyday Heroes Awards fast approaching, we want to
share the incredible stories of our finalists.
Breastfeeding Mum saves son choking on milk
In November 2015, a few weeks after bringing premature baby
Eddie back from hospital, Mum Victoria was breastfeeding when the
infant started choking and became limp. It quickly became apparent
to the young Mum that her son had actually stopped breathing.
Victoria tried rescue breaths while her partner was on the phone to
the emergency services. The medic advised to put the baby on the
floor and start CPR. Eventually Eddie took a big gasp of air and
slowly started to come back.
First aid workshop proves priceless for life-saving Mum
A few hours spent at a first aid workshop proved priceless for
Mum-of-one Carley Dawson, when she needed to put what she’d learned
into action the very next day to save her daughter’s life. Carley
was giving Charlotte her lunch and when she heard her making some
strange noises, struggling to breathe. The first aid for choking
was so fresh in her mind that she immediately leaned Charlotte
forward in her highchair and started giving her firm slaps in
between the shoulder blades. After a couple of attempts, a little
piece of sausage came flying out, allowing her to breathe
First aid training video helps Dad save son’s life
A choking child is every parent's nightmare, but thankfully a
video on social media reminded Matt Reavill of exactly what to do
when his own son needed help. He was upstairs on the phone at home
when he heard his partner Kate shout in a panicked tone. He ran
downstairs into the playroom where his 6-year-old son was choking
on something, struggling to breathe.
Although first aid trained, Matt admits that his knowledge was
rusty. “It was just by chance that I'd watched a video on Facebook
which showed how to treat a choking child just a couple of weeks
before, after I read about the child who died after choking on a
grape”. Matt sprang into action, with his back blows saving his
Baby with viral infection and fever
When Rochelle's 10-month-old son Jay began shivering after his
bath, she first thought he was simply cold. But on closer
inspection the young baby was hot to touch and obviously unwell.
Knowing it was vital to reduce his temperature, she stripped him
down and gave him small sips of water as she took him to A&E.
Unsure if the young tot had tonsillitis, or even meningitis,
doctors kept a close eye on him until the temperature began to drop
and thankfully Jay returned to his happy self within hours and the
episode was put down to a viral infection.
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