Joe's first-aid skills to rescue as classmate Ffyon suffers seizure
WHEN Ffyon John had to be taken to hospital after having a seizure at school, it was a fellow pupil she thanked for saving her life.
Joe Gundel was sitting near Ffyon in their physics lesson at John Port School in Etwall and – luckily for her – he had learned first aid.
When Ffyon collapsed, quick-thinking 16-year-old Joe moved chairs out of the way, placed his coat under her head and made sure the space around her was safe and clear.
Joe – who is a member of Derby's St John Ambulance Cadets – said: "It just happened all of a sudden but I immediately realised that I knew what to do to help.
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"My first aid knowledge from St John Ambulance instinctively kicked in – and I feel proud I was able to be the difference on that day."
Joe's efforts have now been applauded by the Derby Telegraph's Save a Life campaign.
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Joe said: "First aid is a vital skill for everyone to have. I would recommend everyone to learn."
It was earlier this month when Ffyon, 15, suffered her seizure. She had experienced one at home during the Christmas holidays but it was the first time it had happened at school.
The youngster is currently undergoing tests to try to determine the cause.
When the seizure took place, Joe also removed Ffyon's glasses. After it had stopped, Ffyon was unconscious and Joe checked her breathing and pulse. When the school nurse arrived, they called for an ambulance.
Ffyon started to regain consciousness but Joe told her to remain on the floor and stayed with her until the paramedics arrived and she was taken to hospital.
Joe, who is also a St John Ambulance volunteer, said: "When Ffyon fell, she landed in the recovery position so I didn't want to move her.
"All the time, I was checking Ffyon and also making sure her friend Shannon was ok – as she was quite upset too. The teacher cleared the room, apart from me, Shannon and Ffyon.
"When Ffyon came around, she was still quite woozy and vague. As a first-aider, I wanted to make sure that both girls were ok."
Joe said he had been given many compliments since the incident. He said: "Teachers have been saying to me how they heard what I did to help Ffyon and how impressed they were.
"A lot of my friends are keen to learn first aid now too and they may inquire about becoming St John Ambulance volunteers."