THE LIFESAVING actions of three youngsters from Southam who carried out CPR on their mum, have been praised by fire chiefs.
Kayleigh Cardwell, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, was found unconscious one early morning in October, by her children, after low blood sugar caused her to go into a diabetic coma.
Her three children, 13-year-old Oliver, ten-year-old Lucie and nine-year-old Jacob, thanks to their recent CPR training at Southam Fire Station, stayed calm, and with the advice of the 999-call operator, carried out CPR to keep their mum alive until help arrived.
Although Kayleigh’s condition is well managed, she wanted her children to be equipped with the right skills should anything happen to her as a result of her condition.
So last summer she sent them on a first aid course run by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Little did the family know the skills learnt would be put to the test so soon.
Mum Kayleigh said: “I couldn’t be prouder of my children. They stayed calm when many children wouldn’t have been able to. For a ten-year-old to calmly perform CPR, while the other children called 999 in order to save my life is just incredible.
“I would like to thank Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for the training they gave to the children which ultimately saved my life. I would also encourage anyone considering gaining life saving skills to get themselves booked onto a course. The sooner you have the training, the better equipped you will be to save a life.”
Chief fire officer Kieran Amos congratulated the three youngsters
He added: “Their quick thinking ultimately saved their mum’s life and that’s something they can be very proud of.
“As a fire and rescue service, we know how essential it is to have right skills to save a life. That’s why we created the first aid course for seven to 16-year-olds to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to be able to save a life, should it ever be needed. We are just thankful as a service for the role we play in the community which goes beyond fighting fires, yet still has a direct impact on keeping people safe and saves lives.”
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wfrstrainingservice for more information on courses.