A heroic daughter saved her dying mum by performing CPR for five minutes – just ONE DAY completing a first aid course.
Kelly Johnston, 22, has been branded a hero after she came to the rescue when mum Eileen, 60, went into cardiac arrest – despite only having training the day before.
The support worker was asleep in bed when she heard her dad, Ian, shout “she’s not breathing, she’s dead.”
Kelly was asleep in bed when she heard her dad shout “She’s not breathing, she’s dead.”
The support worker ran to her parents’ bedroom and found dad Ian stood over his lifeless-looking wife.
The pretty blonde, from Kidderminster, Worcs., said: “I leapt out of bed and opened the door and mum was lying on the floor looking purple.
“My dad was stood over her on the phone to paramedics while he trying to do chest compressions at the same time.
“Straight away I took over and gave her mouth-to-mouth which is when she started to gasp for air.
“The training just kicked in – I never thought I’d have to use it, let alone on my mum.”
Kelly works for Dimensions, a company that care for adults with learning difficulties, and require all staff to undergo first aid training.
Kelly took her course the course with ten others just a day before she saved her mum’s life.
She said: “I’ve never been put in a situation where I’ve had to use first aid training and I always wondered how I would react.
“But I started doing it straight away, it was natural.
“If it had happened two days before, I would have had no idea what to do.”
When paramedics arrived outside their home, Kelly didn’t think her mum would survive.
They gave her an electric shock to revive her and then carried her down the tight staircase to the waiting ambulance.
Kelly said: “My partner Peter, was staying over the night before and I turned to him and said that I didn’t even get to say goodbye to her.
“I really didn’t think she was going to survive.”
Kelly, dad Ian and her sister Laura, 26, who lives nearby, rushed after Eileen to the hospital.
Eileen spent a week at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where doctors told the family she had suffered a total cardiac arrest and where every second her heart wasn’t beating she was closer to death.
“The doctors said if we hadn’t done what we did, she would have died. I was in shock over the whole situation.”
“It was a weird feeling because I would rather it never happened but it was the best result I could have asked for.
“She’s fit and healthy you wouldn’t have thought there was nothing wrong with her.”
Eileen had a heart monitor ICD inserted after the episode last October, which shocks her heart back to life if it goes out of rhythm.
Retired school dinner lady Mum Eileen said: “I can’t really remember anything about it, but I am so glad my daughter was on hand to save my life.
“It just goes to show how vital CPR training really is.”
Kelly added: “It feels weird to be able to say that I saved my mum’s life.”
A spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation said: “When a person is in cardiac arrest every second counts.
“By calling for immediate help via 999 and starting CPR you are significantly increasing that person’s chance of survival and could help to save a life.”