First aider’s quick thinking is praised

Rapid Response: Bakewell Leisure Centre duty manager Louise Limer pictured with the defibrillator machine she used to save an elderly man who had collapsed in the town centre.
Rapid Response: Bakewell Leisure Centre duty manager Louise Limer pictured with the defibrillator machine she used to save an elderly man who had collapsed in the town centre.
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Quick-thinking Louise Limer has been praised for her life-saving skills – after a man collapsed in the street.

Louise, 21, of Taddington, a duty manager at Bakewell swimming pool, had just renewed her first aid course when she was called on to put her training in to practice.

A 70-year-old man from Curbar collapsed outside Co-op in Bakewell.

Shop staff rushed to his aid and Louise grabbed the pool’s defibrillator – a machine that gives the heart an electric shock in cases of cardiac arrest.

Louise said: “Someone came into the leisure centre to say an elderly man had collapsed outside the Co-op and asked if we had a defibrillator.

“I’ve had defib training with work and took ours out to the man who didn’t seem to be breathing.

“He looked like he’d cracked his head when he fell because there was blood on the pavement.

“I administered a shock which seemed to re-start his heart and then took over the CPR from the people who were helping at the scene. I probably did this for about ten minutes until the ambulance arrived, but it was all a bit of a blur really.”

She added: “Ironically I only did my ‘First Aid at Work’ renewal course last week.

“I don’t regard myself as a hero or anything like that – I was just doing what I’m trained to do. I’m just glad everything I’ve been taught kicked in and I was able to help.”

The man was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to undergo tests, where he remained in a critical condition.

Bakewell PCSO Dave Teare, who is also a member of the town’s First Responders, said: “She did wonderful work along with staff from Co-op and Boots.

“She worked on him for 20-25 minutes until the ambulance arrived. They should feel really proud that all their first aid training paid off and they were able to put it in to practice.”