Hackney schoolgirl saves baby’s life
A schoolgirl who stumbled upon distraught mother whose baby was not breathing, remarkably used first aid skills she’d gained only a month previously to save his life.
Naa Kai Laryea, who is just 16-years old, took control when she found lawyer Gianna Gudsell frantically screaming in the street, holding her 14-month old son Hector who was limp and unconscious.
The 35-year old mum had been washing Hector in the bath last Monday when he slipped, hit his head and fell unconscious.
“He stopped breathing and he had his eyes open,” said Gianna.
“If he’d moved or did something, you would have known that he was alive. But honestly I thought he was gone.”
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Panicked, she ran screaming into Tudor Road, where Naa Kai, happened to be passing by.
“She grabbed the baby from my arms, it was like she was a doctor - I thought she was much older,” said Gianna.
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Naa Kai who had completed a St John’s Ambulance first aid course at the South Hackney church she regularly attends, patted Hector’s back as he seemed to be choking, before he threw up and began breathing again
“Because I knew what to do I wasn’t scared,” said Naa Kai.
“He was freezing cold, but then his heart started beating really fast. I was calm but calmer when I heard his heartbeat.
“He was still really pale and was trying to keep him conscious until the ambulance came, I was talking to him, tickling him and moving him around a lot,” she added.
The ambulance arrived shortly afterwards, and although Hector fell into a coma at the Homerton Hospital, he is now safe and sound back at home.
“I feel so grateful,” said Gianna.
“I felt like he was in safe hands, although I didn’t know her I just trusted her,
“It’s all about the way people react and Naa Kai started consoling him, and the doctor said that’s what you need to do in these situations, because he was in a coma.
“You have to quietly caress them and comfort them and lie them down and that’s basically what she did.
“While I was screaming “where’s the ambulance,” she said she thought he was coming back, and his eyes went normal.
“The ambulance came very fast, but it was essential that she was there.
“This experience gave me a nice feeling that the world is not unfriendly - you have people around who care for you even thought you don’t know them and that’s a nice feeling.”