Hands-on mum turns to St John
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.
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.