It was a proud day for three members of Queen Elizabeth’s High School staff when they were presented with the Royal Humane Society’s Resuscitation Certificate after saving the life of a student.
The three staff members had to bring a sixth former suffering a heart attack back from the brink of death.
The prompt CPR action by Chris Williamson and Tom Johnson, supported by Charlene Barker, saved the student’s life and stabilised the situation whilst waiting for paramedics to arrive.
As a result, the student was not only resuscitated, but also suffered no long term adverse effects due to their quick actions.
David Allsop, headteacher at Queen Elizabeth High School said the incident shone a light on the dedication of the school’s First Aid team.
He said: “When you invest in a defibrillator and engage in the training, you hope that it will never have to be used.”
“However this small investment and future planning saved the life of one of our students, making it worth every penny.”
“We pride ourselves on the care we provide for our students at Queen Elizabeth High School.”
“I am eternally grateful to Chris, Tom and Charlene for their quick and calm response to a crisis situation.”
“I am pleased to report that the student has returned to school and is continuing to enjoy her studies.”
“I would recommend any organisation, large or small, to invest in this equipment and in the training that our members of staff received. It could be, as it was for us, quite literally life-saving.”
The student’s parents are extremely grateful for the swift and decisive action of the Queen Elizabeth High School First Aid Team.
They said: “Our family will never be able to thank the teachers and students who helped her enough.”
“They were all so quick to react and professional and, as a result, they undoubtedly saved her life”.
Tom Johnson, Head of Elgar and Outdoor Education, said: “It is a massive honour to be given this award, but it will not beat the feeling of knowing we saved one of our pupils’ lives”.
Chris Williamson, Site Manager, said: “It’s a privilege to receive an award for doing something that some people do every day. I am just glad I was able to use the training I have received and help send a daughter back to her family.”