5-year-old administers life saving back blow to younger sibling
A 5-year-old from Tean has saved his choking brother just one week after St John’s Ambulance volunteers came into his school to deliver a basic first aid workshop.
Heroic Oliver Bevans, who lives in Doval Gardens, Upper Tean with his parents Joe and Amy and three-year-old little brother Stanley stepped in without hesitation when his brother started to choke at teatime.
Proud mum Amy, 31, told the Times and Echo: “Oliver and Stanley were having tea at Joe’s mum’s house at the time. She had put tea out as usual and nipped back to the kitchen to fetch the rest of the meal.
“While she was out of the room Stanley had put a meatball into his mouth, it must have hit the back of his throat and he started to choke.
“Oliver jumped down from his chair, gave Stanley three back blows and the meatball came flying out onto the table.
“He went to my mother-in-law and told her what had happened and she rushed in to comfort Stanley, who was crying. Then Oliver sat down cool as a cucumber, carried on eating his tea and told Stanley not to cry because he was alright now and that he must make sure he chewed his food ten times!”
Amy continued: “I had no idea that Oliver knew any first aid, or that St John’s Ambulance had been into school to talk to the children but we are so grateful to them.
“It was amazing how calm Oliver remained and I am so proud of him for actually listening!”
The school held its’ annual Vocations Day on Thursday 15th June where visitors came into school to talk to the children about their careers.
As part of this two ladies from the St John Ambulance charity came into school to demonstrate first aid skills to children.
Mrs Mellor, who teaches Oliver and his fellow Reception classmates, commented: “It is fantastic to think that Oliver had paid attention to this demonstration and was able to help his brother.”
Oliver has since been presented with a special award in recognition of his quick thinking actions by Principal, Mr Wretham who added: “It is fantastic to think that Oliver was able to come to his brother’s aid following the demonstration in school.
“It just goes to show how the youngest of children can administer first aid once they are shown what to do. Well done Oliver!”
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