Ciara is a lifesaver!

Young St John’s Ambulance volunteer Ciara O’Callaghan from Vicarstown has urged everyone to learn CPR. In an article in the Cork Independent Ciara also said, “Don’t vandalise the defibrillators, you don’t know how important they are in saving a life.” As reported in The Cork Independent, Ciara O’Callaghan was working in Hallmark on Christmas Eve when a man fell ill nearby and passers-by called for help. Ciara arrived to the scene at Winthrop Street and realised the man’s heart had stopped beating. She quickly bounded into action and started CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). “I just went into autopilot and began CPR. I had trained so much for it. Other people who knew CPR joined in and we took turns. “Then somebody brought over the defibrillator and I set it up. I gave him two shocks and the ambulance arrived. I just gave him the best possible chance when the paramedics arrived on the scene,” she said. Following the incident, Ciara has urged every member of the public to learn CPR. “Everyone should know CPR. Early CPR and early defibrillation gives a person the best chance in the chain of survival.”

Blarney Community First Responders will be holding Heartsaver AED courses on January 21st and 28th giving training and certification in CPR and defibrillator use. All are welcome to come and train. The course will be held in Blarney, starts at 10am, and lasts for approx 4 1/2 hours. A subsidised fee of €65 will apply and places are strictly allocated on receipt of booking and payment of fee. To find out more, or to book your place, see Blarney Community First Responders feature on pages 24 and 25, visit their facebook page or call Kate on 087 2330398.