News | Cub praised for bravery in medical emergency

Sarah Kai

10-year-old Kai Sharpe has been presented with a bravery award, after he saved his mum's life using first aid skills he learned in Cubs.

Kai Sharpe had only held his Emergency Aid Stage 1 Activity Badge, which he earned at his Cub Pack in Luton, for a week before he had to put the theory into practice.

Kai was at home with his younger brother Alex, when their mum, Sarah, collapsed and was left unable to move or speak. Kai stayed calm, dialed 999 for the emergency services as he had been taught, and gave the paramedics a clear account of what had happened, and the address and postcode, before returning to comfort his mum.

He talked to her and told her help was on its way. 'The first paramedic arrived in 20 seconds followed by two more,' Kai says. 'Then the police turned up and the air ambulance landed on Ashcroft Common just behind the house.'

According to the paramedics, Kai’s prompt action saved his mum’s life after she suffered a cardiac arrest. They were able to restart her heart and take her, still unconscious, to a local hospital for treatment. She has now made a full recovery.

Glen Still is Akala of the Ross Park Tiger Cubs. 'We are all extremely proud of Kai and it’s amazing how he calmly followed what he had been told,' he said. 'It goes to show that it’s worth spending time teaching children how to do these things. Some people may think they are not capable but they clearly are and they keep their cool.'

District Commissioner Mark Webb presented Kai with a bravery award in front of a parade of 300 Scouts. 'Kai was amazing with his quick thinking and calm reaction to his mum’s sudden collapse,' he said. 'It shows the value of first aid training to anyone, however young, since you never know when you might need to put it into practice. We are all proud of what he did and hope he has lots of fun and adventure in Scouting in the future.'

Kai’s father, Tim added: 'The whole family are incredibly proud of what Kai has done and his quick reaction that morning in February. We owe the Cub Leaders a great deal for the important training they give our kids in all kinds of things including how to react calmly in emergency. It’s just wonderful.

'Words cannot express how grateful we are to the emergency services who performed miracles that day, and to his Cub Pack for giving my son the training to act sensibly and calmly when it was needed. We are humbled to have received so much support.'

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