Blog | Brother and sister save their grandmother’s life after learning first aid at Cub Scouts
Two Cub Scouts have become local heroes. Having learnt vital lifesaving skills as part of their Cub Scout first aid training at 2nd Edgware Scout Group, they saved the life of their 80-year-old grandmother.
Daniel Zahid, 9, and his sister Sabrina, 7, were being looked after at home by their grandmother on the last day of the school term, when she suddenly collapsed hitting her head on the floor. Daniel and Sabrina found her unconscious and were unable to rouse her. They had been taught to put the casualty into the recovery position and they kept checking that she had an open airway and was breathing. This was vital as it turned out that she had sustained an injury to her windpipe.
While Sabrina was caring for her grandmother, Daniel went in search of a phone to contact the emergency services. He realised that because there was no mobile phone in the house, he needed to find the landline, which had been stored in the back of a cupboard. The phone socket was situated above the front door, so he placed a chair by the door, climbed up, plugged the phone in, waited for a dialling tone and then phoned 999. The ambulance control centre later praised him for his calmness and maturity in relaying the correct information. Daniel then returned to Sabrina so that she could go downstairs and direct the ambulance crew to where their grandmother was still lying unconscious. The ambulance rushed her to Barnet General Hospital where she was kept overnight.
Daniel and Sabrina’s father, Sonny Aziz, returned home just before the ambulance arrived and was able to help his children in caring for their grandmother. He said ‘I am so proud of my children. They have learnt real skills for life and their prompt action has reinforced my decision to become a volunteer scout leader’.
Daniel said ‘I was confident because I have been taught what to do in an emergency’.
Sabrina said ‘I am very proud of what we did. We learn so much at Cubs and we also have great fun and go camping’.
Their grandmother, Waheeda, who has since made a good recovery, said ‘I love my two grandchildren very much. They saved my life.’