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September is month to Save A Life
6:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
Life-saving first aid skills will be shared with people in Bradford during a national campaign backed by a Bradford mum whose sister saved her baby daughter from choking.
Research by St John Ambulance shows that up to 140,000 people die every year in situations where first aid could have saved them.
As part of its Save A Life September scheme, people can learn how to save a life using five easy to follow techniques and receive a pocket-sized first aid guide.
Residents in Bradford can learn the skills at Grange Interlink Community Centre, Summerville Road, on Monday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 25, when people can drop-in between 9.30am and 3pm.
The vital importance of first aid skills was stressed to Afshan Sherbaaz in March when her 13-month-old daughter, Aeny, choked on a piece of popcorn.
Mrs Sherbaaz, 32, of Great Horton, panicked when she saw Aeny could not breathe, but the mother’s sister, Sumera, took her niece and banged her back, before removing the food with her fingers. The toddler was taken to hospital as she was still not breathing correctly. Later a dried corn was removed from her lungs.
“This was the worst experience in my life. I am so thankful that my sister Sumera came in when she did and was so brave in taking control of the situation, using first aid skills to help save my little girl,” Mrs Sherbaaz.