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Courtney Lanfear saves life of brother Lucas using first aid skills she learned just months before
A TEENAGER saved her little brother’s life using first aid skills she had learned just months before.
Courtney Lanfear, 13, gave three-year-old Lucas the kiss of life when she noticed his cot shaking as he suffered a seizure.
She called her mother Kim, but by the time her mum had run upstairs and called the paramedics Courtney had sprung into action and was giving the toddler chest compressions.
It is because of her quick-thinking she has been nominated for the Hampshire Heroes award by her judo teacher, Jon Busuttil.
The Daily Echo is running the Hampshire Heroes awards to honour those who have gone the extra mile for those people in their neighbourhood.
In association with bus company First Hampshire and Dorset, we are looking for people who have put others before themselves – either by working for charity or for doing a brave or selfless act.
Jon, head coach at the Southampton-based Golden Condor judo club, described her actions as marvellous.
“It is surprising what children can do these days,” he said.
Proud mum Kim, from Merry Oak in Southampton, said: “Lucas was coughing in his cot before anything had happened. The cot was shaking. I got him out of the cot and he was not breathing. I panicked at first, I didn’t know what to do.
“He was cold, he was blue, his heart had stopped and he wasn’t breathing.”
But within moments her daughter, a Sholing Technology College student, was doing everything she had learned from the first aid course she underwent only months earlier.
She was checking his pulse, and doing chest compressions as the vital minutes ticked by.
Meanwhile Kim was calling the emergency services from their home in Blackthorn Road, Southampton.
“I was on the phone to the paramedics telling them information and that she’s got Lucas on the floor and giving him mouth-to-mouth.
“When the paramedics turned up one of them said ‘She’s done my job’. They said ‘well done’ to her but then they checked Lucas over and took him to hospital.
“It was only afterwards on the way to the hospital that she asked me if I thought Lucas was going to be OK.”
When Lucas, who suffers from hyper-mobility syndrome and asthma, had the seizure he had been suffering from a bug and had been poorly.