A 9 year old boy recently helped give care to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed on the street, thanks to the first aid skills he had learnt in Cub Scouts.
Ethan Davies, from Penyffordd was out shopping with his parents when they heard a woman shout for help. As they went to look they found an elderly man who had collapsed, knocking out his teeth. Ethan and his parents approached to see if they could help, and Ethan said that they needed to take the gentleman’s mind off what had happened, and to keep him warm while they waited for the ambulance. So Ethan spoke to the man and told him to think happy thoughts, and used his coat to keep the man warm.
Ethan said ‘Some people had put coats on him already, but his legs looked cold so I used my coat to cover his legs to keep him warm while we waited for the paramedics’
Ethan then stood on a chair to look out for the ambulance, and when the paramedics arrived he waved them over, told them the man’s name and age and explained what had happened to him.
Ethan said ‘I learnt about first aid in Beavers and Cubs, the leaders set up a first aid incident, and they told us how to deal with casualties by keeping them warm and talking to them to keep their mind of what had happened’
Penyffordd Cub leader Hannah Morris said ‘We’re really proud of the efforts Ethan made to help this man when he really needed it. First aid is something we teach throughout a child’s time in Scouting, We hope the Cubs never have to use the first aid skills we teach, but it’s reassuring to know that with incidents like this, the Cubs can put the skills they have learnt to good use’
When asked why he decided to help the man, Ethan said ‘It was the feeling, that if that ever happened to me, I’d want other people to help me, like I helped the man’