Uncle’s first aid skills to the rescue of nephew

Craig Palmer used his first aid training to help his nephew Jamie Hatfield.
Craig Palmer used his first aid training to help his nephew Jamie Hatfield.

A Cotmanhay man who used his first aid knowledge to help his young nephew after a fall has called for others to learn the skills to help save lives.

As a workplace first-aider at Severn Trent, Craig Palmer uses his first aid skills to help keep colleagues and customers safe in the event of a medical emergency.

But when Jamie Hatfield, 2, fell and hit his head on a concrete garden ornament, he had to put his knowledge into action at home.

Jamie’s head was pouring with blood and mum Wendy was panicking and upset but Craig rushed to help using his skills learned through St John Ambulance.

He said: “I knew to hold him and apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. He was responding and crying so I knew he was okay.

“After I maintained the pressure the blood stopped pouring and we took him to hospital. They glued the wound and he has made a full recovery, but it could have been really nasty.”

Now Craig and Wendy are calling for as many people as possible to learn skills that could help save lives.

“I would really recommend everyone to learn first aid,” said Craig.

”You really never know when you might need first aid – at work, at home, at school or just out and about. By learning those skills you too can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

Wendy Rushby, from St John, said: “Craig should be proud of what he has done to help Jamie. First aid skills can be the difference between life and death in the workplace. And it’s great to hear that these skills have been of use for Craig in his home life too.”

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