Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service praises Southam children for their life saving actions

A mum who lost consciousness and required CPR, is safe and well thanks to the quick response of her children.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:50 pm

Southam resident, Kayleigh Cardwell who suffers from type 1 diabetes was found unconscious in the early hours of the October 22, 2019 after Kayleigh’s blood sugar levels dropped causing her to go into a diabetic coma.

Her three children, 13-year-old Oliver, 10-year-old Lucie and 9-year-old Jacob found their mum unconscious and barely breathing.

However, thanks to their recent CPR training at Southam Fire Station, the children were able to stay calm and with the advice of the 999-call operator carried out CPR to help keep their mum alive until help arrived.

Although Kayleigh’s condition is well managed, she wanted her children to be prepared and equipped with the right skills should anything happen to her as a result of her condition.

So, in August she sent them on a first aid course run by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service at Southam Fire Station. Little did the family know that the skills learnt on the course would be put to the test so soon.

Talking about the incident and the quick actions of her children, Kayleigh said: “I couldn’t be prouder of my children, they stayed calm when many children wouldn’t have been able to. For a 10-year-old to calmly perform CPR, whilst the other children called 999 in order to save my life is just incredible.

“I would like to thank Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for the training they gave to the children which ultimately saved my life.

A Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service official with 13-year-old Oliver, 10-year-old Lucie and 9-year-old Jacob.

"I would also encourage anyone considering gaining life saving skills to get themselves booked onto a course. The sooner you have the training, the better equipped you will be to save a life!”

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Chief Fire Officer, Kieran Amos said: “Firstly, a huge congratulations to Oliver, Lucie and Jacob, what amazing children they are. Their quick thinking ultimately saved their mums life and that’s something they can be very proud of.

“As a fire and rescue service, we know how essential it is to have right skills to save a life.

"That’s why we created the first aid course for 7 to 16-year olds to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to be able to save a life, should it ever be needed.

"We are just thankful as a service for the role we play in the community which goes beyond fighting fires, yet still has a direct impact on keeping people safe and saves lives.”