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Dom's up for 'Hero of the Year' award.


A BOY who saved his mum's life after he found her choking on a pork scratching is up for an "everyday hero" award.

Young Dom Hollinshead has been named as a finalist in the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award category for the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards.

The award is given to an extraordinary young person, under the age of 18, who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement. The Billingham lad, aged 10 at the time of the incident, acted fast when his mum, Lisa Hollinshead, started to choke on a pork scratching.

Although normally in bed at that time, 10pm, Dom was downstairs and raced in to help his mum.

Drawing on his first aid training he learned at Billingham's St Paul's school, Dom knew exactly what to do and performed abdominal thrusts - also known as Heimlich manoeuvres - on Lisa to dislodge to piece of pork scratching.

Lisa, of Anfield Close, Billingham, said: "Dom's my hero. We would both normally have been in bed at that time but, for some reason he'd left his bedroom and ran in to help.

"He gave me four massive abdominal thrusts and suddenly I could breathe again.

"We both started crying. I was laughing, crying and hugging him. He really did save my life."

Dom said: "We'd been taught first aid at school by St John Ambulance and I'm so glad I knew what to do.

"I did abdominal thrusts and eventually it worked and mum could breathe again.' Lisa continued: "It just shows what an amazing job St John Ambulance does.

"I think all schools should teach first aid. Simple first aid skills really can be the difference between life lost and a life saved."

Dom is among four other finalists in the category and will attend the exclusive awards ceremony at the Hilton London Bankside on September 28.

The annual Everyday Heroes Awards, supported by emergency medical care training firm Laerdal, celebrates the nation's life savers, honouring community heroes, organisations and members of the public who have used first aid to help others.

The star studded awards will be hosted by TV presenter, best-selling author and acid attack survivor, Katie Piper.

I did abdominal thrusts and eventually it worked and mum could breathe again. Dom Hollinshead


Dom Hollinshead with mum Lisa Hollinshead and sister Philippa

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 28, 2017
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