Caravan park manager saves a life
A GOWER caravan park manager saved the life of a holidaymaker — thanks to his training from St John Cymru Wales.
Mark Williams has worked at Llanrhidian Holiday Park for the past 20 years, and regularly receives training from the first aid provider.
And this year he needed to put his training into action, when visitor Karen Forsey fell ill on the site.
The 56-year-old lives in Tonyrefail, but spends most of her summer at the caravan park.
She said: “I had been a bit under the weather and was taking medication but I suddenly began to feel really unwell and was having trouble breathing.
“I managed to walk to my neighbour’s caravan and they alerted the duty manager.
“By the time Mark arrived I was finding it really hard to catch my breath and I was feeling faint. Mark immediately made me comfortable and started giving me oxygen, which helped me to breathe more comfortably.
“Mark then noticed a rash on my legs and he suspected I was having an allergic reaction and going into anaphylactic shock, so he quickly called an ambulance, while monitoring my blood pressure and pulse. The air ambulance arrived within minutes and Mark was able to gather up my medication and pass all the details on to the paramedics.
“When I arrived in hospital I was found to be having a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotics I’d been taking and was quickly treated by doctors.
“I want to thank Mark for identifying what was wrong, while keeping me calm throughout the ordeal.
“If Mark has not been there, the outcome could have been very different.”
Mark said he was only able to jump into action thanks to the training he received from St John Cymru Wales.
The 52-year-old said: “My employer pays for me and a number of other colleagues to get first aid training.
“There are about 300 caravans on the site so during peak holiday times we’re often called out to deal with anything from strokes to heart attacks, to broken bones.
“The first aid training is great for giving you the skills needed to save a life but what I’ve found particularly useful is learning how to stop casualties from panicking in an emergency situation. I was able to help Karen calmly and carefully, which definitely helped.”
According to St John Cymru Wales, up to 140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives.
Chief executive Keith Dunn said: “I am delighted to hear that Karen was able to get the help she needed thanks to Mark’s first aid training and I wish her a very speedy recovery.
“Karen and Mark’s experience shows that knowing what to do in those vital first minutes of an emergency situation could dramatically increase your chance of survival. Our aim is to have a first aider on every street in Wales and I’d advise anyone to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life.”
For more information on the courses St John Wales offers visit www.stjohnwales.org.uk