There have been thousands of cases in which heart attacks, burns, falls, choking and bleeding have all remained untreated until the emergency service arrives. Some of the victims suffer sudden death because there is no first aid given. When you are able to carry out first aid before an ambulance’s arrival, you can really minimize the damage, support their recovery and even ensure their life survival. That victim may be a loved one, a friend or even an unknown stranger on the street. No matter who they are, they will all have one thing in common: they need your immediate help. The following story is a prime example of first aid’s importance.
Parker was going for a walk by a river bank when he saw a group of friends all huddling around. All were panicking, so he rushed over to check. On arriving, he saw a boy that had fallen in the water and almost drowned, but he wasn’t in a state of panic. He put his ear next to the boy’s mouth and nose to feel for breathing on his cheek. Since there was no air, he looked to see if the boy’s chest was moving. He checked the boy’s pulse for 10 seconds and realized that everything was not ok. He started doing CPR, and he asked another member of the group to phone the emergency services. After CPR, the boy slowly spluttered back to life. Parker comforted the boy until he was taken to hospital.
Parker saved the boy’s life. Alternatively, without knowing first aid, he may have stood around not knowing what to do, watching the boy lose consciousness, praying for the ambulance to hurry up.