Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hero on the Buses; 'Blue' Baby Saved by Bus Station Manager

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hero on the Buses; 'Blue' Baby Saved by Bus Station Manager

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ROOKIE Ivan Corbett used first aid skills he'd learned on a threeday course to bring a baby back from the dead.

The dad of two girls kept his cool and put all the skills he'd learned on the Northumbria Ambulance training session into practice to save the baby's life.

The 43-year-old bus station manager sprang into action after being called over by the driver of the X66 at Stand J at the Metrocentre.

Ivan, from Swalwell, Gateshead, said: "A woman on the bus was screaming that her baby was in trouble and wasn't breathing.

"The baby was blue. I grabbed her from her mother's arms, got off the bus and went into the bus station. I needed more space to assess the baby and see what was going on."

Working for Go North East for 15 years, Ivan has dealt with his fair share of incidents, but mainly cuts, bumps and bruises.

This was something he'd never ever had to deal with before and something he says he wouldn't want to face again.

But he remembered his training when dealing with babies, which need much more careful handling than adults. "I laid the baby in the recovery position face down on my hand with her legs between my arms and tried to clear her airways," he said.

"While doing this PC Gavin Soulsby ran across and he held the baby and rubbed her back while I tried to open her mouth, which was locked shut.

"I was lying on the floor with the baby's head above me and after some time I managed to get my finger in her mouth to try and open the airways."

Ivan was on the brink of starting resuscitation when he managed to open her airways.

"I was so relieved when Gavin said she had started to breathe," he added.

"Her recovery continued and within five minutes the paramedics had arrived - but it seemed like half an hour.

"Her mum was in the background and sobbing. …

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