Chatteris mum's CPR call and praise for defib campaign after life-threatening incident with her daughter
A mum who had to administer life saving CPR to her toddler daughter on the side of a March road has issued heartfelt thanks to those who stopped to help and is urging everyone to learn the skill.
Stacey Harrison said she acted on instinct when two-year-old Daisy stopped breathing as they drove through March on a birthday visit to see her mum.
She said: "I noticed something wasn't quite right with Daisy as we came up to the traffic lights at the Manea turn off as I drove from Chatteris.
"I could see she was looking a little bit vacant. But I kept going hoping that I could just get to my mum's in Elwyn Road in March and then sort her out.
"But as we came up to the One Stop shop on The Causeway I could see was having a seizure, so I immediately stopped but by the time I had got round to her and was getting her out of her car seat her face had turned purple and she wasn't breathing.
"I was trying to keep calm as I laid her on the side of the road and started administering CPR - I was calling for help but no one seemed to want to stop and then this wonderful lady came over followed by Rob Skoulding and his wife (Laura) who lived over the road and they were offering to help.
"The lady went off to get the defibrillator that was at the One Stop shop - everything was a bit of a blur, I just kept going with the CPR. Rob's wife put the pads on Daisy's chest ready to use the defib and then all of her sudden she took a big breath.
"I was so relieved. All the while the woman was telling me how well I was doing and was keeping me calm while we waited for an ambulance.
"Daisy has since been diagnosed with febrile seizures and we have been told she could get episodes like this one up until she's about six. It is really scary. Luckily I had a bit of knowledge of what to do because my son Finley, whose three, was premature and me and my husband Michael had lessons in CPR before we were allowed to bring him home from hospital.
"Obviously it was not the same giving CPR to a toddler but I knew roughly what I needed to do and instinct did the rest.
"As it turned out we didn't need the defibrillator but it was a comfort having one so close by ready if we needed it and I understand that Rob Skoulding helped get defibs put all around the town and March is so lucky to have so many of them. But I would urge everyone to learn how to perform CPR.
"I never expected to have to use it to save my daughter's life, but I'm grateful that I knew roughly what to do. I haven't slept much thinking of what might have happened otherwise, especially when no one stopped immediately to help me.
"I'm eternally grateful to Rob and his wife and to the lady who helped me, she kept me so calm and was so reassurring through it all."