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Runcorn student nurse hailed hero after saving woman's life
A STUDENT nurse has been hailed a heroine after saving the life of a woman who stopped breathing in a restaurant.
Jess Wright was having a meal with her family at The Chinese Delight in Frodsham on Sunday evening when she suddenly heard someone shouting.
A woman had collapsed and she heard cries for help.
Jess, aged 20, of Sutton Park, Runcorn, said: “I turned around and saw a woman slumped in her chair. Her face was grey and her lips were blue.
“Me and my dad got her onto the floor in the recovery position. I checked her airway was OK, felt for a pulse and couldn’t find one.
“Someone passed me the phone and a paramedic asked me to do 600 compressions until the ambulance arrived.
“He kept counting in my ear as I was doing it.”
Jess continued with chest compressions, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which creates an artificial circulation by manually pumping blood through her heart, until paramedics arrived.
Jess, a student nurse at Chester University, said: “I was really confident because we’d done a refresher on CPR last week.
“I just tried to stay calm but it’s completely different doing it on a person than a dummy.
“The paramedics couldn’t thank me enough. They said the first couple of minutes after a cardiac arrest are crucial. If I hadn’t done this she wouldn’t have survived.
“My legs were shaking like jelly when I stood up. I’m just so glad I was able to help.”
The woman, thought to be in her 50s, is understood to be making a good recovery.
Jess is studying learning disability nursing and plans to emigrate to Australia with her 26-year-old boyfriend, Tom Davies, when she qualifies next year.
She said: “There are lots of opportunites out there, it’s a completely different world. I’m quite excited about it.”
Her dad, Paul, aged 49, a self-employed painter, said: “Me and her mum, Debbie are so proud of Jess. She stayed so calm, it was unbelievable.
“The paramedics told Jess that she saved this woman’s life.”
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “When somebody’s heart stops it is vital that CPR is commenced as soon as possible. In this instance, CPR was delivered within the first few minutes of the patient collapsing and was continued until the paramedics took over, used a defibrillator and transported the patient to hospital. Ultimately Jessica’s actions in those first few minutes saved the patient’s life.”
Darren Cheung, manager of the Chinese Delight restaurant, said: “She was a very pleasant girl. She took the initiative. We all thank her for that. She stopped a tragedy from happening. We rang the hospital and the woman is very much alive.”
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