Just to be clear, I am not trying to put anyone off and I have real respect for anyone who does learn the basics, great on the trail - just ................ just be prepared to be the one who everyone turns to, can be a big responsibilty.
I had a First Aid At Work certificate for 10 years (it's lapsed now and they have more aiders than they need on each shift...) and within a week of 'passing my test' so to speak I was on one of the old Routemaster buses when a mentally handicapped dude stepped off the bus....trouble was the bus was doing about 40mph....
I looked out of the rear window and saw him cartwheeling down the road, hitting his head on the road with every rotation, before collapsing in a heap. We managed to stop the bus and a bunch of us ran back to where this dude was laying and everyone was just looking.
I'm stood there thinking..."I gotta do something....gotta do something" but I just froze
Then after what seemed like ages I just sprang into life....got people out the way and started all the ABC bollocks....trouble was he was bleeding from his ears, nose and mouth and has stopped breathing.....I realised he had swallowed his tongue. So I whipped that badboy back out and he started to breathe, but weirdly....then I saw one of them patient transport things go by so I flagged it down and nicked their first aid kit and very carefully put on a head bandage to stop all the crap coming out his ears etc. By this time an ambulance was on the scene, they thanked me for what I had done, scraped him up and off he went....then the Plod turned up and took statements and I went home and forgot about it. A few days later I get a call from Plod.....the geezer had died from massive head injuries and they wanted me in London to attend the inquest
I went back to my first aid teacher cos after it sunk in I went into shock, wondering if I done the right thing blah blah blah...they were good and said I had done what I was trained to do.
Inquest came and went, his family came and thanked me for trying to help and that was that.....
Worse thing I have ever had to treat (and I go caving, climbing, hillwalking and MTB'ing).
Even if you only know the basics you could save someones life....
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