Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

First Aid? That Is Child's Play for Me; Boy, 12, Steps in to Save His Stricken Mum

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

First Aid? That Is Child's Play for Me; Boy, 12, Steps in to Save His Stricken Mum

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Byline: By Dave Black

A SCHOOLBOY was hailed a hero after using first aid training learned at school to save his mother when she collapsed and gashed her head at the family home.

Twelve-year-old Brandon Flanighan stayed calm and remembered the lifesaving lessons from the young first-aider course after he and his sister Lara, 13, found their mum Jacqueline, 44, lying semi-conscious in a pool of blood in the kitchen.

They pulled her onto the sofa, where Brandon put her in the recovery position and raised her legs, all the time talking to her to keep her awake and stop her from passing out again.

Brandon applied pressure to his mum's bleeding head wound with a clean tea towel - while Lara called for help - and stayed with her until his dad James, 44, and an ambulance crew arrived, giving paramedics a detailed description of what had happened.

Now Brandon, who did the first aid course at Newminister Middle School in Morpeth, Northumberland, before Christmas, has been nominated by the St John Ambulance service for a national award which recognises young people who have used the training to help save a life in a real emergency.

The drama unfurled when Jacqueline, a legal secretary at a Morpeth solicitors' firm, got up early at the family home in Pegswood, where she was recovering from a foot operation. She was walking into the kitchen when she collapsed to the floor, suffering concussion and a gash to the head.

She was found by her children about 15 minutes later, lying in a pool of blood.

It was then that Brandon calmly utilised the training he had received on the St John Ambulance Northumbria first aid course. Yesterday Jacqueline said: "My head was bleeding profusely and I was drifting in and out of consciousness. If Brandon hadn't been there, having done the St John Ambulance course and knowing exactly what to do, I could have died.

"I am so proud of him and I can't speak about it without crying. I would love him to get recognition for what he has done, and I would urge any parent whose child is given the chance to take part in this wonderful course to seize the opportunity with both hands. …

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