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Quick-thinking Leeds father urges parents to become lifesavers

Ben Raybould with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills.

Ben Raybould with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

But quick-thinking Ben Raybould knew exactly what to do when his precious newborn son stopped breathing.

Ben, 26, from Leeds, and his girlfriend Charley McDonough are now urging all parents to learn first aid after he helped to save his little boy’s life.

The couple had dropped in on a Red Cross baby first aid seminar at a Mothercare store in Bradford last year and they were given tips on how to administer first aid to babies.

Doctors say the couple’s son, Eddie Jean Raybould, may have died.

The youngster suffered from a rare congenital heart defect which meant he needed open heart surgery at just five days old.

And four weeks later the tot woke up with a strange loud cry and within two minutes Eddie had stopped breathing and turned blue.

Ben said: “My instinct and training just took over.

“While my partner called for an ambulance, I started resuscitating Eddie, literally remembering word by word the instructions.

“To my utter relief, it worked.

“Eddie started breathing again and was rushed to hospital.

“I’m just so grateful for the role they played in helping me save my son’s life.

“Without them my son may not be with us now.”

Later, Ben discovered that Eddie had suffered an angina attack and was told that without his quick intervention he would not have survived.

“He needed two further operations to correct his rare condition – plus numerous other interventions to keep him going along the way – but out brave little man is still with us,” he said.

Throughout June, Mothercare are hosting their My Mothercare Expectant Parent events in stores nationwide to help parents prepare for their new baby.

LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a special discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

To book your place on one of our special courses , telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

The next course will be held at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on Friday between 10am and 1pm.

 

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