A Bristol hospital director saved life of a drowning boy while he was on holiday in Florida.
Spire Bristol Hospital Director Rob Anderson, who is not a trained medical professional, has learnt his life-saving techniques through his work but has never had to use them before.
Peicheng Shaoyong was being pulled from the water when Mr Anderson got to him. The 44 year old leapt into action and started CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the youngster who appeared lifeless.
“For all intents and purposes he was dead,” Mr Anderson said. “I did CPR and got him breathing.”
After three days in hospital the youngster was allowed to re-join his family. His father, Guan Shaoyong, said: “Peicheng has recovered well after that very dangerous episode.
His doctor says he is very lucky and this whole experience shows how important it is for people to learn CPR techniques.”
Mr Anderson learnt CPR techniques as part of the mandatory training at work. “I have never had to do anything like this before and I hope never again,” he said.
“We require all our staff to do life support training and you never think you are going to use it. But you do realise how valuable it is.”
Having been through the experience, Mr Anderson is now urging others to learn first-aid so that they can help if they find themselves in the same situation.
“It is a very simple skill to learn and something which is not difficult to do at all. There are organisations such as St John Ambulance who run courses.”