Laura's Story


One night in 2017 I awoke to banging noises. Sleepy and confused I looked at the time - it was 4am.  I drifted in and out of sleep for a few seconds before hearing what can only be described as harrowing screams.

The screams got quieter before I could clearly hear a lady shout:

“Someone please just help me!”

I ran downstairs, in my pyjamas and opened my front door to see my young neighbour distraught. She was holding her two-year-old daughter in her arms – she had a blue tinge to her skin, her eyes had rolled to the back of her head and she appeared lifeless.

“Help me! She’s not breathing!” my neighbour shouted.

Instantly I picked up her daughter and ran into the living room. I checked her airways and could quickly tell she wasn’t breathing. I immediately started performing CPR.

My own son had woken up and was watching me with tears streaming down his face.

Two long minutes passed as I desperately fought to bring the little girl back.

Finally, she started to breath.

Just four weeks previously I had completed my St John Cymru ‘First Aid in the Workplace’ course. The outcome if I hadn’t have completed that training doesn’t bare thinking about.

The girl made a full recovery.

You can learn life saving skills and learn how to react in an emergency just like Laura.

To find out more abour first aid training in your area see our training page

Watch laura tell her story at our centenary dinner:


Published August 17th 2018

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