A Dundee man has told of the moment he gave CPR to another person who had collapsed at a ceilidh.
As the Tele continues its campaign — Learn to be a Lifesaver — in a bid to encourage more people to sign up in a first-aid course, the son of the co-ordinator of Dundee’s Heartstart Discovery has revealed his good deed.
The city-based charity has helped train more than 52,000 people over 20 years.
Luke Brady, 31, son of Helen Brady, has backed the Tele’s drive, which has been inspired by the efforts of postie Nicola Johnson who performed CPR and helped save the life of a woman who had collapsed.
The campaign has been supported by several other groups, including NHS Tayside, the British Red Cross and police youth volunteers.
Recalling his good deed, Luke, an accounts executive in Dundee, explained that he was playing his accordion at an event in St Andrews when a man had a full cardiac arrest.
He said: “Out of 100 people in the room, there were three of us in a position to help — two medical professionals and myself, a first aid instructor.
“It was great to know what to do and to be in a position to help save this man’s life.”
Luke said he first learned how to perform CPR while at primary school and became an instructor at secondary, adding: “I think it’s essential that everyone learns how to save a life. I’d like to see CPR and other life saving skills as part of the school curriculum.
“On that night, it was actually a relief to know that I could help. I’ve seen him since and he always comes and speaks to me.”
Helen praised her son’s act and added: “Children as young as 10 can be taught the full range of emergency life support (ELS) skills.
“We work closely with all types of organisations and instigated a schools initiative too.
“We feel is particularly important for children to have access to this training as they are the adults of the future and more than able to understand the importance to help in a crisis.
“In addition to the schools initiative, which has trained around 50,000 children, we have delivered training to more than 52,000 member of the public over the past 20 years.”
Helen added: “With regard to the work we do, we feel that it’s vital that as many people as possible are trained in emergency life support — it really does help to save lives.
“Knowing what to do when someone collapses is so important and buys vital time until emergency services arrive.”
Heartstart is supported by NHS Tayside with training held place at various venues in the area.
Joe Mulligan, head of first aid at British Red Cross, has also backed the Tele’s initiative and added: “Ultimately, we’d like everyone to have the opportunity to learn first aid. If everyone in the UK knew just a few simple first aid skills, they could be empowered to deal with the injuries and illnesses that they may come across.
“We released a study last year which found up to 59% of deaths from injury may have been prevented had first aid been given before the emergency medical services arrived.”
Sammy Keith, community development officer with Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, said: “We believe first aid is a hugely important skill that everyone should have even a basic knowledge of.
“Of course, we hope that no one ever needs to use it however accidents happen, and with the large amount of public events the youth volunteers deploy at we need to make sure we do all that we can to ensure the highest possible level of safety.
“First aid training is just one of the many ways in which we do this.”
First aid courses can be booked through a variety of organisations:
Heartstart Discovery: 01382 740400
British Red Cross: 0845 564 8835
Save a Life Scotland: www.savealife.scot
Community First Responders Carnoustie: 07515 109382
Leisure & Culture Dundee: 01382 432320