Hero nurse comes to the res­cue to save life of Ir­ish girl on holiday

Stu­dent per­formed CPR on child af­ter she fell un­con­scious

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY KATIE DICK­IN­SON [email protected]­mir­ror.ie

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

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