P8 Hera’s our hero!

Sis­ter’s quick-thing saved mum’s life when she was chok­ing, now fam­ily want to spread the mes­sage about the im­por­tance of first aid

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A QUICK-THINK­ING daugh­ter saved her mum’s life after see­ing her chok­ing – now her fam­ily want to spread the im­por­tance of sim­ple first aid train­ing.

It was just after mid­night when Sheba Samra and her daugh­ters were get­ting ready to go to bed.

Her el­dest daugh­ter Jas­min, 25, was at the top of the stairs of the fam­ily home in Granville Road, Uxbridge, when she heard a gasp­ing noise com­ing from her kitchen.

“I ran to the ban­is­ter and could see mum was run­ning up the stairs and I re­alised sh breath­ing.

“I just went into a of panic,” she said grabbed her round t waist but noth­ing w hap­pen­ing. My sist Se­lene came into th hall­way took one loo at my mum and starte scream­ing.

“We were whack her on the back bu wasn’t help­ing that’s I thought oh my god she is go­ing to die in – it was the scari­est thing ever.”

Mid­dle sis­ter 20-year-old Serene’s screams had wo­ken Sheba’s youngest daugh­ter Hera, 15.

“She came out of her room, saw my mum’s face, and with­out think­ing started us­ing the Heim­lich ma­noeu­vre,” Jas­min said. “She said she got urge of anger and mi­na­tion and hree thrusts of my mum’s waist she had man­aged to get the pill out of her throat.

“We looked it up later and she had done ev­ery­thing cor­rectly. She is amaz­ing – we were so lucky she was there and in­stinct took over – she saved our mum’s life .”

The fam­ily’s close-call on Tues­day, Au­gust 26, has in­spired them to learn first aid and they hope their story will in­spire oth­ers to do the same.

“Mum is on a three-day first aid course which she booked straight away. We want to raise aware­ness of how im­por­tant sim­ple first aid train­ing is, ev­ery­one should do it whether you get the chance to at work, or can en­rol on a short course.

“It’s so im­por­tant and it could save some­one’s life,” Jas­min said.

AN­DREW Far­rar, First Aid Train­ing project man­ager for the Bri­tish Red Cross (BRC), has some ad­vice if you find an adult chok­ing.

“The first thing you want to do is ask the per­son if they think they are chok­ing – if they can speak then clearly they are not.

“If they can’t clear the air­way and are chok­ing, then you should give up to five back blows, and stop if the air­way clears.”

Back blows in­volve us­ing an up­ward mo­tion to give sharp blows be­tween the shoul­der blades with the heel of your hand, the most ef­fec­tive way, ac­cord­ing to the BRC, of re­mov­ing an ob­ject trapped in the air­way.

The ab­dom­i­nal thrust – com­monly known as the Heim­lich ma­noeu­vre – while ef­fec­tively used by Hera, is ad­vised as a last re­sort.

“When the air­way is trapped it is usu­ally in the throat and the back blow is the most ef­fec­tive method in re­mov­ing the ob­ject,” Mr Far­rar said.

Guid­ance for ba­bies and small chil­dren dif­fers to that for adults, if you find a baby or child chok­ing, place them on your knees with their bot­tom slightly higher than their head and keep their head sup­ported.

Then give the five firm blows on the back as de­scribed ear­lier.

“Don’t be tempted to reach into a child’s mouth if you think they are chok­ing on some­thing – the risk of push­ing it fur­ther in rather than tak­ing it out is far greater,” Mr Far­rar said.

Visit the BRC web­site at www. red­cross.org.uk/firstaid

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n ‘SO IM­POR­TANT’: From left, Hera, mum Sheba, Jas­min and Serene Samra with dog Rocky – the fam­ily are stress­ing how im­por­tant it is to have ba­sic first aid train­ing after Hera saved their mum’s life us­ing the Heim­lich ma­noeu­vre

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