A school business manager has been hailed a hero after battling for 15 minutes to save the life of a seven-year-old boy who collapsed during football practice.
Christine Kidman rushed onto the sports field and performed emergency CPR to keep Harrison Lovett alive after he stopped breathing.
It was only a day earlier that Christine, 53, had taken a refresher course in CPR.
Christine was working in the office at Peter Gladwin Primary School in Portslade, East Sussex, when Harrison suddenly fell to the ground at his after school football club.
Harrison’s parents said that it was her first aid training that kept Harrison alive before his heart could be restarted when paramedics arrived with a defibrillator.
Relieved father Alex Lovett said, “Word’s cannot express our admiration and love for the lady who saved our son’s life”.
Harrison’s parents were told that the CPR that Christine carried out had indeed saved their son’s life.
Harrison was found to have suffered from arrhythmia, an undiagnosed irregular heartbeat, but the quick reactions of Christine meant he could be revived by the medical staff.
The manager, who normally focuses on the school budget, said, “It was so lucky I had just completed a CPR refresher course 24 hours earlier and my training just kicked in. My 18-year-old son was organising the after-school football club when he came racing over to say Harrison had collapsed on the pitch. He wasn’t breathing and trying to save him was the longest 15 minutes of my life. I was too busy working on Harrison to really think what might be the outcome”.
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