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New first-aider helps save life.

Byline: By Lisa hutchinson

Rookie Susan Robson saved a woman's life moments after receiving her first-aid certificate.

She had just been presented with her papers to mark the successful end of her course and was at a bus stop when a woman collapsed.

Susan remembered what she had been taught and got the woman into the recovery position, monitored her breathing, checked to see if she had bumped her head and kept talking to her.

She then phoned the emergency services and was praised by paramedics when they arrived.

Susan, 19, of Hopedene, Leam Lane, Gateshead, said: "I'd been to The Young Women's Group where I'd been given my first-aid certificate. I put it in my portfolio and went to my sister's house.

"I had my two-year-old daughter Jessica with me and we were standing at the bus stop in Leam Lane waiting to go home. A woman, talking to us, said she had a viral infection and had been to get some tablets.

"Just then she collapsed. She blacked-out right in front of us. I couldn't believe it. I knew I had to use the first-aid I'd been taught on her.

"While all of this was going on I had to attend to Jessica. It was a busy road and I didn't want her running off.

"A woman from the nearby post office arrived and another lady came from a house opposite with a blanket.

"I then phoned 999 on my mobile. I did all the right things and the police and the ambulance arrived."

The sick woman, of Pelaw, Gateshead, did not wish to be named, but said: "I'm grateful to this lady. I was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where I was checked over and released.

"I suffer from blackouts but they don't know why I have them. I'm OK now but I'm thankful for what she did."

Susan, received her First Aid Certificate from the Whoops Safety Project, based in Gateshead a project of The Children's Foundation.

Susan said: "I thought I'd take up first-aid because I thought it'd come in handy if I ever had to use it on Jessica. But I couldn't believe it when I had to use my new skills only hours later."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2004
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