An 11-year-old girl from Wrexham saved her uncle’s life just days after completing her first aid training.
Milly Roberts, from Pentre Broughton, was walking near Nant Mill with her mum, sister and uncle on a really hot day when her uncle he suddenly felt unwell.
Just five days earlier Milly, a pupil at Black Lane County Primary School, had received first aid training provided by St John Cymru, at the school as part of their ‘Wellbeing Week’.
Amongst other vital skills, Milly learned how to help an unresponsive casualty and it was this particular skill which saved her uncle’s life.
Milly placed her uncle in the recovery position and opened his airway – giving her uncle precious time until more help could be given.
With poor mobile phone signal, Milly ran to a nearby house while her mum, Katy, stayed with her uncle until the ambulance crew arrived.
“It was really frightening. He collapsed and began to choke on his tongue,” said Milly.
Katy added: “I didn’t know what to do, I just panicked. I’m so thankful Milly was there.”
Mrs Fox, headteacher at Black Lane County Primary School said: “It is extremely rewarding to know that Milly had the confidence and skills to remain calm and know what to do in a difficult situation as a result of the training.”
“It just goes to show that training is so beneficial and you never know when you might need it. We as a school and community are extremely proud of Milly,” she added.
St John Cymru is Wales’ leading first aid charity and believe that no one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.
St John Cymru has been delivering free first aid training sessions to primary and secondary schools across the region since September 2017.
During the 12 month period the charity trained over 25,000 people giving them vital first aid skills which could save someone’s life. 17,000 of which were school children and community groups.
Schools and St John Cymru Community Trainer for the North Wales Stephen More who led the first aid training session said: “Milly’s experience highlights the value of our first aid training.”
“Our sessions provide pupils with important life skills including how to help in an emergency first aid situation.
“I am incredibly proud of Milly’s actions. I hope the experience Milly has had encourages other schools to follow in the footsteps of hers. Milly is testament to the fact that the skills learned, really do work.”
If you are interested in more information about free training sessions offered for schools and community groups from St John Cymru in North Wales visit the website www.stjohnwales.org.uk or phone 029 2044 9600.