Mansfield Woodhouse life-saving mum backs first aid campaign

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A Mansfield Woodhouse mum is urging parents to sign up for a life-saving course after her quick-thinking helped save her toddler’s life twice in a matter of moments.

Julie Haines is backing a campaign launched by St John Ambulance for people to enroll in a short, three-hour course to learn essential 
first-aid , especially parents.

It raises the question over whether panic-stricken parents would know how to treat or even save their youngster’s life if they were called into action.

Julie, a 43-year-old cleaner for Mansfield Sand Company, had been enjoying a relaxing holiday in Turkey when her son, Reuben - who was two at the time - began choking on a sweet.

His lips turned purple so she quickly delivered five sharp blows to his back.

The sweet was dislodged, but in a stroke of horrendous luck, it ricocheted off his tooth and became lodged in his throat again.

Calmly, Julie sat down, bent Reuben over her knees and delivered another back blow, removing the sweet for good.

Luckily, Julie had attended a course just a few weeks before the incident happened, meaning she immediately knew what to do.

“It was really scary because I was worried about what was happening to Reuben. But I knew straight away what I 
had to do to help him,” said Julie.

“I was so glad I had done the first aid course; I don’t like to think about what could have happened if I didn’t know what to do.

“I would encourage as many parents as possible to learn first aid – it saved my son’s life and it could save many more lives too.”

Open to everyone, the three-hour course is to be run at St John Ambulance’s centre on Toothill Road on 23rd and 29th September from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information and to book a place call 0303 003 0103 or send an email to