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Eight-year-old Herefordshire schoolgirl saves brother’s life
Minnie Albright uses BHF life-saving skills learnt at school to save choking brother
Eight year old Pembridge schoolgirl Minnie Albright, heroically saved her brother’s life when he choked on a coin after attempting a magic trick that went horribly wrong. Minnie learnt how to save a life when she attended the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heartstart course at Pembridge School (1).
Minnie was playing with her brother Gabriel, aged four, upstairs when the accident happened. Gabriel attempted a magic trick he had seen on television where a magician put a coin in his mouth, only to spit two coins out. Gabriel accidentally swallowed the coin which blocked his airway, causing him to stop breathing.
Minnie quickly remembered the life-saving steps she learnt at school. She immediately recognised that his airway was blocked and used the back blow technique she had been taught. The coin didn’t shift and so Minnie performed abdominal thrusts before trying further back blows and managed to dislodge the coin.
Merry Albright, 36, said: “I was downstairs having a cup of coffee with Minnie’s grandmother when it happened. I am so proud of my daughter, I had no idea that
she had learnt life-saving skills in school, but I am so glad she did. If she hadn’t been taught what to do, I’d probably only have one child now. I would have panicked if I’d been in the same situation as Minnie was, but luckily, she kept her cool.”
Heartstart is a free training programme created by the BHF that teaches emergency life support skills (ELS) including assessing an unconscious casualty, performing CPR, dealing with choking and serious bleeding, and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.
In Herefordshire, the programme is run by Herefordshire Heartstart and includes training for teachers and teaching assistants on how to deliver Heartstart in their schools as part of lessons including Citizenship, PE, Science, PSHE and skills for life.
Loraine Coleman, Herefordshire Heartstart Co-ordinator & Schools Project Manager, said: “If any school doubted the value of delivering Heartstart training to their pupils, Minnie’s story is proof of how it can mean the difference between life and death. All schools in Herefordshire have been offered this opportunity and many schools in Herefordshire are delivering Heartstart, but there are still a handful that are not”.
Merry was so impressed by her daughter’s quick-thinking, that she has gone on to do a Heartstart course herself.
Merry added: “I can’t thank Herefordshire Heartstart and Pembridge School enough for teaching my daughter these vital skills. I hope that by talking about what happened, more schools will think seriously about teaching their children these skills that could save a life.”
This story was picked-up by both the Mail and the Sun on a national level:
If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can watch a video of Minnie telling her story.
The Sun (print) and online: Sis saves choking boy, four
Hear the BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio Interview by Andrew Easton with Minnie and Merry Albright:-
(1) Heartstart is a free training programme created by the BHF that teaches emergency life support skills (ELS). These skills include assessing an unconscious casualty, performing CPR, dealing with choking and serious bleeding, and helping someone that may be having a heart attack.
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Notes to Editors
Heartstart is a free training programme created by the BHF that teaches emergency life support skills (ELS). These skills include assessing an unconscious casualty, performing CPR, dealing with choking and serious bleeding, and helping someone that may be having a heart attack. Performing CPR on someone suffering a cardiac arrest can buy time for professional help to arrive and doubles the person’s chance of survival. To date, 2.6 million people have completed Heartstart and equipped themselves with the skills to save a life.
For more information about Heartstart visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartstart
About the British Heart Foundation
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