An off-duty student nurse has been commended for saving the life of a motorist after his car veered off the road and crashed into a pub wall.
Natasha Daysh, who is studying at the University of Manchester, had gone for lunch with a friend and was sitting outside when the car crashed into a lamp post and the side wall of the pub.
On reaching the scene, the 22-year-old found the driver had collapsed at the wheel and a baby was crying in the back of the vehicle.
“To save a life before you have even graduated is extremely impressive”
She examined the baby before resuscitating the driver and assisting paramedics until an air ambulance could be scrambled to fly the man to Wythenshawe Hospital.
“I remember sitting outside enjoying the sunshine, then a bang and then people rushing over to the car which was on its side with smoke coming out,” said Ms Daysh.
“The driver was unconscious and needed urgent assistance,” she said. “Before I could do anything I witnessed a couple of men remove him from the car and then someone else brought a baby boy out from the back seat.
“I assessed the baby and found, although emotionally distressed, he was physically fine so turned my attention to the driver. A young woman was also pulled from the car with leg and arm injuries,” she said.
“The driver was turning purple so I asked people to keep back and used to CPR to resuscitate him. A doctor passing by was able to provide me with oxygen, which I placed on the patient at high flow,” she added.
The student, who placed herself near the smoking car and knelt on broken glass to carry out the treatment, was with the patient for six to eight minutes before paramedics arrived.
She was praised for her actions by Lucy Draper, community staff nurse for Abbey Hey District Nurses where Ms Daysh had been on placement.
Ms Draper said: “Both myself and my colleagues are in no doubt that had she not commenced CPR, the gentleman would have died before the paramedics arrived. This was an incredible act demonstrating courage and quick thinking by Natasha.”
Professor Karen Luker, head of the university’s school of nursing, midwifery and social work, added: “To save a life before you have even graduated is extremely impressive and I have no doubt that Natasha will excel in her nursing career.”
The accident took place on 22 June. Ms Daysh is due to be formally recognised by the university when she graduates in December.