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Wigan HCA praised for saving man’s life while on holiday

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A healthcare assistant put his lifesaving training to good use after successfully performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation while on holiday – despite “having some cocktails”.

David Quinn, 33, was in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada last month when he pulled a drowning man out of a swimming pool, before giving him CPR and other first aid.

“His professionalism, quick thinking and training saved a man who was drowning”

Jenny Garry-Madden

“Near the end of the day, I was on a sunbed, chilling out and having some cocktails,” he said. “There was lots of shouting going on, as you’d expect by the pool, but all of a sudden the shouting just changed into a panicked shriek.

“I turned around to look and I could see a man lying face down in the pool,” said Mr Quinn. “I stood up thinking I had to do something so I ran over and pulled the man out of the water.

“I was the first responder and quickly I realised there was no life in him, so I started to perform CPR. Thankfully, after about five to seven compressions he started breathing again and so I put him in the recovery position,” he said.

Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan HCA praised for saving man’s life while on holiday

David Quinn

“After what seemed like ages, but was probably only a few seconds, the lifeguards appeared and took him to the resort’s clinic on site. Fortunately, he made a full recovery and I saw him a few days later back swimming in the pool,” he added.

“It was the first time I have ever had to use my life saving skills on a real person. I still feel slightly in shock now when I think about it. Your instincts just kick in and you just do what you have to do,” he said.

“It made me feel really proud of myself,” said Mr Quinn, who works at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

He is now urging others to learn basic first aid skills, adding: “Although it’s a skill you hope you will never have to use, one day it might just make the difference between someone’s life and death.”

His ward manager, Jenny Garry-Madden, said: “We’re all so proud of David on Highfield Ward. His professionalism, quick thinking and training saved a man who was drowning.

“It just goes to show that the first aid skills we teach our healthcare assistants can be used at any time, in many different circumstances,” she said. “Well done David.”

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