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Student nurse performs life-saving resusitation on her own doorstep


Student nurse Claire Thomas was called into action last month when she performed life-saving resuscitation on a 69-year-old man outside her house

Ms Thomas treated 69-year-old Bill Hardingham when he collapsed following a myocardial infarction.

He is now recovering at Bath’s Royal United Hospital where Ms Thomas is doing her placement as part of the Open University pre-registration nursing programme.

Medical staff at the hospital said he would have died without her help.

‘I saw him stagger around before collapsing. He wasn’t breathing and had turned grey,’ said Ms Thomas.

‘The adrenaline took over for a couple of seconds and the student nurse training kicked in,’ she added.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Well done Claire,Mr Hardingham looks happy with the outcome,I know its our job but it is nice to help.All the best with your studies.One for the portfolio.

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  • You have done well Claire .I hope you get more opportunities to help people in the community with your skills as often as necessary.Welldone!

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  • Danielle Pryce

    This is what nursing is all about, as a student nurse, I have had a similar emergnecy situation and think that auto pilot mode sets in and you feed of adrenaline! Well Done Claire. You must feel very proud.

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  • Well done Claire, excellent to hear you've made a huge difference to this person's life and good luck with your studies. Best wishes.

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