Hands-on mum turns to St John

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

A close call with her child’s health spurred Pip Keane into action.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent took a St John CPR course af­ter her 15-month-old daugh­ter Tayla knocked her­self un­con­scious while wait­ing for break­fast.

“It was a scary mo­ment. It gave me a huge wake-up call,” she says.

The mum-of-one looked away to put toast on while Tayla and a cousin sat at a child’s ta­ble. She turned back to find Tayla ly­ing on the floor.

Ms Keane bun­dled her daugh­ter and young nephew into her car and rushed to the hospi­tal, al­though in hind­sight she ac­knowl­edges it would have been bet­ter to call an am­bu­lance.

“Try­ing to stop her fall­ing asleep while driv­ing wasn’t easy,” she says. “Be­cause I had two kids to worry about, I prob­a­bly didn’t panic as much as I would have oth­er­wise.”

Tayla made a full re­cov­ery, though it’s still un­clear how she re­ceived the bump on the head.

Ms Keane hopes learn­ing CPR could help her save a life in the fu­ture.

“If I’m in this sit­u­a­tion again and some­thing hap­pens I will know the ba­sics.

“We all do an­te­na­tal classes – I think we should all do kid’s first aid cour­ses as well.”

The course is one of sev­eral St John pro­grammes Ms Keane plans on do­ing.

St John am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Dianne Dux­field says the more peo­ple who know CPR the bet­ter.

“If peo­ple can go out and learn CPR, sur­vival rates are a lot higher.

“Without the pub­lic we can’t keep peo­ple alive.”

For more in­for­ma­tion St John CPR and other cour­ses, visit the web­site www.stjohn.org.nz or phone 0800-785-646.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Learn­ing the ropes: Mt Eden res­i­dent Pip Keane prac­tises her knew found CPR skills on a dummy, while St John am­bu­lance of­fi­cer Dianne Dux­field watches on.

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