Mike's story: How Mike used his first aid skills to save his own life

Written by Anna Bishop
May 6, 2021

Anna is a Training Product Manager at Red Cross Training responsible for the development and review of our training products.

Mike attended a British Red Cross first aid course in Hove, but he did not expect that he would later need to use the first aid skills he had learned on himself.

Mike explained: "I woke up at about 6:00am to find that I couldn't use my left hand. At first, I assumed that I had just slept awkwardly on it, but no amount of moving my arm would bring the circulation back."

Face: is there weakness on one side of their face?

Arms: can they raise both arms?

Speech: is their speech easily understood?

Time: to call 999

Recognising the signs of a stroke in himself, Mike then called an ambulance and was taken to hospital.

Mike added: " By using the skills that I had learned on the first aid course, I felt much more confident, instead of feeling that everything was out of my control. When I arrived at the hospital, I was surprisingly relaxed."

Within a few days Mike was back home, where he made a full recovery.

"I am so grateful to the British Red Cross for educating me so well, without a doubt I owe my quality of life to them. I would certainly encourage anyone to attend a first aid training course," Mike said.

Would you have known what to do in this situation?

Learning first aid can give you the skills and confidence needed to help yourself and others if they become unwell or injured. You can learn first aid in many ways including attending a first aid training course like Mike. Whatever way you choose to learn first aid, you are helping to save lives - Thank you.

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Topics: First Aid

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