Mum’s new first aid skills save daughter, three

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A LANCASTER woman helped save her three-year-old daughter’s life using first aid skills she had learned just the day before.

Sonya Hall, 33, had just finished a 10-week first aid course at Lune Park Children’s Centre when she had to put her newly-acquired skills into practice.

Her daughter Tilly was play fighting with her brother Emmen, who is six and autistic, when suddenly Tilly fell down and banged her head.

“She was face down and shaking, she was blue in the face and had stopped breathing,” Sonya said. “I immediately went into panic mode but then realised the first aid course I had just completed the day before was still fresh in my mind.

“I laid her down and I started to give her CPR mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions. Her body went stiff so I repeated the CPR. She eventually came round and started breathing.”

Tilly was later diagnosed with Reflex Anoxic Seizure, a type of seizure triggered off by a temporary cutting off of the blood supply to the brain.

Sonya, who lives in Denny Avenue, said: “So many people are frightened to learn first aid and think that they won’t be able to do it in a crisis.

“The incident gave me a fright, but thankfully I had the knowledge and skills to deal with it.”

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