Thank you, Sami
Hi Nicole, I hope you are well.
My name is Samantha Pearce and I did your Paediatric First Aid course in January of this year and 3 years previously.
I’m emailing you today to inform you of what I just experienced and to give you the biggest thank you I could possibly give. Your training really did stick with me and give me the knowledge and skills I needed in the worse moment of my entire life.
On Thursday morning at around 6.30am I was woken up by my mum screaming for help. She had been woken up by my dad making a strange noise. (My mum is such a light sleeper and often wakes to my dad making odd snoring noises so gives him a poke – for this I am grateful)
She had thought that he was having a stroke because his face wasn’t right and had immediately called 999 and shouted for help. When dashed in the bedroom my sister was trying to talk to him and started screaming that he wasn’t breathing. Still being half asleep I stood there in a daze for a moment. The people on the phone told my mum he needed to be on the floor on his back. From then on something just clicked in my brain and I was able to get moving! Once the three of us were able to lift him from the bed onto the floor I remembered the video you showed us of the guy on the beach agonal gasping and realised this was the noise my dad was making. My mum and sister were relieved because they thought he was breathing – I knew he wasn’t and began CPR. I don’t think it was perfect and looking back now the panic is over I know how I could have done certain things differently, but my mum told me afterwards he went from very grey to pink very quickly so what I did was enough. Not only was it enough – it worked.
The first response paramedic was with us extremely quickly but had me continue CPR until the others arrived – all 4 or 5 of them! We overheard on different occasions since then that they did 7 or 8 rounds with the defibrillator. It worked!
My dad was rushed off in the ambulance and was put in intensive care sedated and on ice as we weren’t sure how long his brain was without oxygen. Friday (yesterday) lunchtime they decided to bring him round as he was now breathing on his own.
To me he has gone from basically dead to sitting there chatting in about 30 hours or so. Everyone keeps telling me how well I did, my sister actually said to me yesterday “how does it feel to know you saved his life?” I just can’t believe it.
So again. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Without your training, without that video I really don’t think my dad would be with us today.
I will be telling everyone and anyone to do some form of first aid training and I will definitely be mentioning your name. Please feel free to share our story because your stories helped and taught me.