Hero nurse comes to the rescue to save life of Irish girl on holiday
Student performed CPR on child after she fell unconscious
AN Irish mum has thanked a student nurse for saving her daughter’s life after her heart stopped while on holidays in Spain.
Catherine Stewart was in Alcudia, Majorca, with husband Jonathan, 36, and their four children when Kylie Ann fell unconscious at a hotel.
The 37-year-old, from Co Donegal, recalls frantically running around the complex with the five-year-old in her arms when Rachel Rose, a first-year student from England, came to the rescue.
Catherine said: “I was just screaming for help, asking for them to call an ambulance.
“I was terrified but no one seemed able to help.
“Then suddenly, Rachel seemed to appear out of nowhere and took over performing CPR.
“It was all a bit of a blur but there is no doubt she saved my daughter’s life.
“Kylie Ann is the centre of our family and I cannot bear the thought of what might have happened if we had lost her.”
Rachel, also 37, had received basic life support training from the University of Sunderland just weeks prior.
She added: “I felt for her pulse but there was nothing there, there was no breath either and her chest wasn’t moving.
“I knew I had to start CPR straight away. My mind was racing, all I could think about was how young she was.
“For four minutes I kept going but there was nothing, no signs of life at all. But all the training had told us to keep going, so that’s what I did.
“Then in the fifth minute she came round, she was just about breathing, then she started moving her eyes a little.
“I put her straight in the recovery position, I couldn’t believe it.”
Kylie Ann, who was born with spina bifida, had contracted e-coli, causing her kidneys to shut down and for her to go unconscious.
After 13 days in a Spanish hospital, she was transferred to Dublin where she spent a further 10 days on dialysis.
MEDIC MARVEL Rachel Rose saved life of Donegal youngster
RECOVERING Catherine Stewart with daughter Kylie Ann