Boy, 14, stopped his brother from bleeding to death by using first aid he learnt just weeks before

The injuries Connor Osborne suffered after coming off his BMX bike were, according to his mother: ‘Like something from a horror movie.’Connor, then 13, and his brother, Jack Smith, then 14, had been enjoying the first day of their school summer holidays speeding down a hill on their bikes when Connor hit a stone and went flying into the air. As Connor landed, the impact pushed the left handlebar into his side.Connor tried to get to his feet, but his legs buckled. ‘I saw blood was pouring from just below my stomach on my left side,’ he says. ‘It was all over the front of my T-shirt and I called out to Jack that I was bleeding before collapsing on to the ground.’The force of the impact had severed his femoral vein — one of the body’s main veins located in the upper thigh and pelvic region. There was a risk he could bleed to death.But, rather than panicking, Jack calmly took action. Just weeks earlier, both boys had joined the Army Cadets, where they had been trained in emergency first aid.Were it not for that, the outcome could have been very different. Their story vividly highlights what a difference even basic first aid skills can make.‘When Connor fell on to the floor after standing up, I thought he was messing about,’ recalls Jack, now 15.‘But then I saw that he was covered in blood and I ran to help. I felt scared as I had never seen so much blood and Connor was frightened, but I knew it was important to stay calm and recall my training.’Jack ripped off his T-shirt and pressed it against the wound to apply pressure and stem the bleeding.With his other hand he dialled 999 on his mobile phone and asked for an ambulance.‘I told them that my brother had impaled himself on his bike handlebars,’ he says.‘Connor kept saying: “I want to go to sleep”, but I’d been taught how important it was to keep a patient conscious so they could tell you if they started to feel worse, so I kept him talking.’Jack also called his mother, Emma, 36, who arrived at the scene, two miles from their home near Leeds, just before the paramedics.‘The wound was jagged and like something from a horror movie,’ recalls the full-time mother of four who is married to Lee, 40, a warehouse operative.‘Blood was pouring and you could see tissue hanging out. I was so shocked I couldn’t even speak, but Jack was so in control I instinctively trusted him to carry on doing the right thing.’Shockingly, despite being in a crowded park that day, only one other person, a girl, came forward to help. ‘That really surprised me,’ says Emma. ‘But I honestly don’t know if I’d have been able to respond myself. It’s a scary situation to be in — but for a kid it’s even more terrifying.’Connor was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for surgery.‘The doctors said Jack had saved his brother’s life. It makes me go cold thinking about how differently it could have ended,’ says Emma.Connor was very lucky. Scans showed the handlebar had just missed his liver and kidney. And had Jack not stemmed the blood, Connor could have lost consciousness and had a cardiac arrest, says Dr Lynn Thomas, medical director of St John Ambulance.And I owe my life to a guardian angel passing away Retired physiotherapist and grandfather of five, Malcolm Robinson, 71, lives in Sutton Coldfield with his wife, Ann, 59. He owes his life to the prompt action of off-duty nurse Judy Lewis, who administered first aid after he collapsed suffering a cardiac arrest in April 2017.‘I remember little of that day, except catching a bus into Birmingham to meet my wife and texting her to say I didn’t feel well,’ says Malcolm. ‘We went on a walk, only for me to keel over on the way to the restaurant.‘A passer-by dialled 999, but mistook my gasps — a reflex that occurs when the heart stops beating — as a sign I was still breathing. As a result, the call wasn’t treated as an emergency. Thankfully, Judy happened to be driving past and stopped to help. She began CPR and, vitally, alerted the call handler that I was a non-breathing casualty.‘Over the next 26 minutes, she twice got me breathing and laid me in the recovery position, only to “lose” me again and have to restart CPR. Another bystander, who we have never managed to t ...Read more

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