horse rider in first aid dash
a young girl falls off her horse and stops breathing would you know
what to do? Well that was the scenario facing members of the national
first aid, care and patient transport charity, St. John Ambulance
rider, Natasha Morris from Horsham was taking part in a Senior Camp
organised by the Crawley & Horsham Pony Club when she suddenly
fell, stopped breathing and was treated by the voluntary organisation's
first aiders, Hilary Thompson and Steve Walker.
12, also suffered facial injuries in the incident and was airlifted
to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and later transferred
by Matthew Codling and Daryl Peters of the St. John Ambulance Patient
Transport Service to the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children
in Brighton. She is now making a good recovery.
recovery can be attributed to the knowledge of emergency first aid
given by Steve and Hilary with club organisers Sue Slade and Julian
Langridge. They were later joined by paramedics from Sussex Ambulance
Service and worked as a team.
mother, Denise, said: "I was so relieved when her breathing
was restored and she was put into the recovery position to help
keep her breathing going. I had taken a 4 day First Aid and Work
qualification myself and so felt reassured that Steve and Hilary
would revive her. I cannot stress enough the importance of going
on a short first aid course."
Morris on her horse Sonic Fox
Jennings, District Commissioner for the Crawley & Horsham Pony
Club added: "St. John Ambulance Sussex responded quickly and
with professionalism. It was teamwork at its best. Hilary kept working
for 40 minutes with Natasha. The team were wonderful."
variety of emergency first aid training courses for parents of babies
and young children are available from the ten St. John Ambulance
Sussex venue centres across East and West Sussex. The local centres
are based at Horsham and Crawley. To find out more or to book a
place call the Sussex HQ on 01903 235599 or refer to their website:
John Ambulance, a voluntary organisation and leading first aid trainer,
serves the people of East and West Sussex by providing first aid
and medical support, care services for meeting business and community
needs; education, training and personal development of young people
volunteers provide over 10,000 hours of voluntary service to the