In a story that really does highlight the value of First Aid and CPR courses, Redlands City Bulletin report on a Queensland bricklayer that stepped in to save the life of a fellow shopper.
26 year old Imogen Donaghy owes her life to quick-thinking bricklayer Adrian Rowe who came to her aid at a Cleveland bottle shop. In an ironic turn of events, Imogen passed out within the liquor store premises purchasing the product rather than consuming it.
“The last thing she said was ‘I am going to black-out’,” Mr Rowe told the Bulletin. “I thought it was a seizure and she was in among bottles so I went over to her”. Adrian tried to determine if Imogen was conscious but got unfortunately no response, it was like he way talking to a brick wall.
Remarkably, Rowe had completed a CPR course only two days prior. He recognised the signs of cardiac arrest and without hesitation, he immediately started CPR while the store manager called for an ambulance. Paramedics soon arrived at the scene and continued to treat Ms Donaghy with CPR and defibrillation.
After an extraordinary 45 minutes of treatment at the scene and days of intensive care that followed, Imogen beat the odds and survived the ordeal. This week, whilst still nursing a fractured sternum and ribs, Imogen along with fellow rescuer Adrian, have reinforced the message of learning CPR and other basics like knowing the location of automated external defibrillators. “As soon as I have healed I am going to do a CPR course” she told the Bulletin.
If you would like to learn the life saving skills of CPR and prepare yourself like Adrian did, why not check out one of our upcoming CPR courses in Port Macquarie and Taree and enrol yourself today.