First aid refers to help given to a sick or injured person pending more professional  medical treatment. Beneath are stories from around the world on moments first aid saved a life. With simple objects, simple skills of first aid, and sometimes medications that were handy, people were able to save their loved ones, friends, complete strangers or themselves from passing on to the great beyond.

Here is a compilation from your health attitude, bringing you moments first aid saved a life. 

Nigerian woman recounts how a handy medication saved her from food poisoning.

This story is exactly as shared on whatsapp by the narrator.

“I COULD HAVE DIED ON MY WAY TO DUBAI few days ago but God used my elder brother(a pharmacist) to save my life. I became very busy few days to my trip. In fact, I was so busy to the extent of not bn active @EGS. I guess that was the reason I prepared watermelon 24 hours before I left Nigeria for Dubai.

I kept the watermelon in the fridge overnight but there was no regular electricity to power the refrigerator. The watermelon was to be my lunch at the airport. The fruit was in good condition when I left home for the airport. I got to the airport, checked in and sat somewhere to eat my lunch. The trouble started few hours after the plane took off. I became uncomfortable. My stomach was very hot and I got the first symptom of food poisoning. I checked my bag several times for flagyl (metronidazole) but couldn’t find it.

My elder brother who is a pharmacist told me several years ago that I must never leave my house without metronidazole especially when travelling because food poisoning can happen anytime and it kills faster than anything. He told me metronidazole (flagyl) is the most important thing after taking my international passport. We lost a Nigeria minister to food poisoning on his way back to the country sometimes ago. A friend lost her husband to food poisoning when he went for Hajj so I know how important a medication that is cheaper than 500 naira can save a soul. I became very worried when I couldn’t find the flagyl. I started asking the cabin crew for water but the problem became deadlier per second. I told them I needed a medication to fight food poisoning but they had none.

I started stooling and the urge to throw up became very strong. I was on my way back to the rest room when I lost my balance. I fell down, was farting uncontrollably and needed to use the toilet. I couldn’t stand up. They had to place me on oxygen. That was when I remember that whenever I’m looking for something and couldn’t find it, all I need to do is to ask the Holy Spirit for help. So I said “Holy Spirit,my great companion, my senior friend,Please help me find my flagyl, I’m sure I left home with it”,,,,in less than 2 mins, I was made to remember vividly how and when I kept the flagyl in my bag, so I started shouting and begging the cabin crew to,,,,PLEASE, GET ME MY BAG which they did. I asked one of them to turn the bag upside down and to the glory of God the flagyl was there on the floor.

I quickly asked for water and took 800mg of metronidazole instead of 400mg. It works like magic. The storm calmed and the battle was over in less than 15mins. I made sure I didn’t eat anything till I got to my destination. It was a day I won’t forget in a hurry. I have bn in London for 2 days now,,,,, and i still find it difficult to use toilet because I took an overdose of metronidazole. I will have to take cucumber throughout today to take care of constipation. Dear friends, Please,make sure you have flagyl with you whenever you’re travelling to anywhere. Food poisoning kills faster than you can ever think or imagine. It doesn’t have to be watermelon, it could rice, beans,biscuits or any contaminated food. None of us shall die young lase Edunmare. Ajomadandaleni THANK YOU LORD for saving my life. To you alone be the glory”

Moral of this story is that we must have learn what useful medications to have handy, which can serve as our first aid in similarly dangerous situations as recounted here.

Mum Kristy Arnold’s CPR course a real lifesaver for son Luca

WHEN Kristy Arnold’s one-year-old son Luca stopped breathing after choking on a biscuit, she had just seconds to act. Springing into action, Ms Arnold used the skills learnt in a CPR course to save her little boy’s life.

But only an estimated 50 per cent of parents have had the CPR training necessary to know how to act decisively in a life-threatening situation.

“Luca was blue in the face and he wasn’t breathing. Three minutes down the road to the hospital is a long time when you aren’t breathing,” she said. “I knew to do a backblow – which had to be quite hard – and in my eyes it saved a real emergency happening.”

Ms Arnold, who took her life saving class while 38 weeks pregnant, believes all parents should undertake the 2.5 hours of training.

This event occurred in 2013

DID YOU KNOW? –  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Teen saves Life of Woman who Saved Him

Call it a simple twist of fate — times two: A teenager in western New York state has saved the life of the same woman who years ago saved his life.

Seven years ago, Kevin Stephan of Lancaster, N.Y., was a bat boy for his younger brother’s Little League baseball team. A player who was warming up accidentally hit him in the chest with a bat. Kevin’s heart stopped beating.

“All I remember is that I dropped the bat off, and all of a sudden just got hit in the chest with something, and I turned around and passed out,” Stephan said.

Fortunately, a nurse whose son played on that team was able to revive him and save his life.

“I started CPR on him and he came back,” Penny Brown said.

Stephan’s mother said he was extremely fortunate. Brown was supposed to be at work that night, but was given the day off at the last minute.

Now comes the really interesting part.

Last week that same nurse was eating at the Hillview Restaurant in Depew, N.Y., when she began to choke on her food. Witnesses say patrons were screaming for someone to help her.

“The food wasn’t going anywhere and I totally couldn’t breathe,” Penny said. “It was very frightening.”

Doing the Heimlich
Restaurant employees yelled for Stephan to come out and help. “They knew I was a volunteer firefighter and they called me over and I did the Heimlich, and I guess you could say I saved Mrs. Brown,” Stephan said.

At the restaurant, they realized the amazing twist of fate they had just witnessed. Seven years ago, Brown had saved Stephan’s life. Now at age 17, he had returned the favor.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” said Stephan, who is also an Eagle Scout.

“The fact that it has been two individuals, that you know, helped each other out in a pretty dire situation, it’s pretty extraordinary,” Brown said.

On Saturday, the two met again at the Bowmansville, N.Y., Fire Hall where Stephan is a junior firefighter. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers, and his parents were also there to greet Brown.

This event occurred in 2006

DID YOU KNOW? – Abdominal thrusts is a first aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstructions by foreign objects. The term Heimlich maneuver is named after Dr. Henry Heimlich, who first described it in 1974. – wikipedia

Teresa Search saves a life

When Teresa Search attended a St John first aid refresher course, she had no idea that she’d be using her skills to save a life within a couple of days.

“Our tutor prepared us so the skills we learnt could be used in the real world. At the end of the training he asked us to keep in touch and give him feedback when we used them,” Teresa recalls.

Forty-eight hours after the course, her skills were tested. While on night duty at her workplace, the Petone Working Men’s Club, a club patron collapsed in cardiac arrest.

“Luckily I saw him go down and I was at his side very quickly. Everything that I had just re-learned amazingly came to mind in an instant.”

Teresa quickly assessed the situation. There were no signs of life, so she turned him on his back, told a staff member to get the club’s defibrillator.and asked another bystander to call an ambulance.  The Petone Working Men’s Club had purchased an automatic external defibrillator (AED) several years ago from St John, in an effort to help staff and patrons in exactly this type of situation.

“A committee member and I started CPR. Once the defibrillator arrived, another first aider hooked it up while we kept going,” Teresa remembers.

When the AED was positioned and ready to treat the patient, two shocks were administered. The man showed some signs of life, but was unable to maintain adequate breathing. Teresa continued with resuscitation breathing until the Fire Service and an ambulance arrived.

Teresa estimates an ambulance crew spent a further 30 to 40 minutes stabilising the patient before he was able to be transported to hospital.

“I called the hospital early the following morning and was relieved to be told that he was doing okay and that his name was Graham. The nurse put him on the phone to talk to me. He told me that it was a lovely day to be alive. Hearing his voice was incredible.”

While Graham’s recovery is ongoing, following a quintuple bypass, Teresa’s confidence in dealing with first aid scenario’s has grown.

Teresa shared her story with on Television One’s current affairs programme.  During the story she was reunited with Graham and her first aid mentor James.

Sam’s story

Sam Hilton was walking home from work on a wet and rainy evening when she spotted a man lying in the road.

“I was quite nervous about going over as it was quite late and it was winter, so it was dark,” she said.

But Sam knew she had to check if the man was okay.

“I went over and said, ‘You all right, mate?’ When I got no response, I knew something was wrong and that I had to call an ambulance and help.” Closer-up, Sam recognised the man as one of her neighbours. It looked like he’d fallen over on the wet leaves covering the pavement.

Remembering the first aid she’d learnt at work, Sam acted immediately.

“I knelt down beside him and shook him by the shoulder to see if he’d respond but he didn’t,” Sam said.

“I could see he was breathing, so I rolled him on his side and tilted his head back.”

“I could see blood coming from the back of his head. I didn’t know how big the cut was because of his hair but it was still bleeding and I could see the blood dripping down.

“I took off my hoody and used it to put pressure on the wound.”

While waiting for the ambulance, the man came around. Sam gently explained who she was, what had happened and that an ambulance was on its way. It arrived soon after.

“The paramedics thanked me for what I’d done and took him off to hospital.”

When the man later came out of hospital, he came round to Sam’s house to thank her for what she’d done.

“He got me a new hoody to thank me,” Sam said, to replace the one she’d used to stem the bleed on the man’s head.

First aid scenario: heavy bleeding

Item used: a hoody

Known and unknown events. Song and unsung heroes. Many lives have been saved with administering first aid. It is not just any skill to learn, but a life saving one. Saving a life is one of the most fulfilling things that one could ever do. Go learn you some first aid skills today.

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