Has learning first aid been on your ‘to do’ list forever? Keen to learn a new life skill which can save a life?
First time Mum, Elaine Bottazzi saved her baby Alex’s life at just three months old when he stopped breathing following a feed. Elaine knew what to do, having recently attended one of Ruth’s Mini First Aid Cambridge classes. A year on, we hear from Elaine who gives us a parent’s perspective on why everyone should do a Mini First Aid class.
It’s great to see that Alex is a bouncing and happy one year old!
Yes – he is on the go all the time! I can’t believe it’s a year since what happened although it still feels like yesterday in many ways.
It must have been so scary. Tell us what actually happened:
Alex was sitting back quite happily and then all of a sudden he just stopped breathing. His eyes started getting wider, I couldn’t hear him breathing and I realised what was happening.
What did you do?
Luckily, I had literally just attended one of Ruth’s Mini First Aid Cambridge classes. I immediately picked Alex up, leaned him forward and smacked his back firmly. Thankfully, I was rewarded with a stream of milk and a crying baby boy. I have never been so relieved and so grateful I had done the Mini First Aid course.
In your view, what did the Mini First Aid class give you?
Without a doubt, Ruth’s class gave me confidence in the moment I needed it most. I was able to stay calm and knew what the next step was if that didn’t work. Being first time parents, neither my husband nor I had any previous first aid experience. I have honestly never been so relieved I had done a Mini First Aid course.”
What advice would you give to parents Elaine?
Don’t wait. Book on a course TODAY as it is so quick to find a Mini First Aid class near you online or to get in touch about booking a class with friends. I even took Alex along with me as he was only a few months old which made such a difference as I wouldn’t have wanted to leave him at that stage. As a parent of a little one, I know how easy it is to put things off as you’re so busy and often tired. The thing is; you just never know when you might end up saving your child’s life.
A year on, can you remember what you learned in Ruth’s class?
It’s funny you should mention that. After what happened with Alex, my husband and I put a reminder in our diary to do a refresher course every year; so we’re due for another class and have just booked in with Ruth! I know I can read the Mini First Aid booklet from my previous class; but there really is no substitute for the real thing. I want to make sure my husband and I still feel confident in knowing what to do and acting quickly should another emergency situation arise.
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