The quick thinking actions of Matthew Zander from 106 (Orsett Hundred) Squadron in using first aid skills learnt as an Air Cadet are praised by his proud mum.

Mrs Zander from Grays, Essex was out shopping with her son Matthew (age 15) when she became unwell and collapsed, suffering multiple seizures. Matthew applied the first aid skills he had learnt just a week before during a St. John Ambulance Youth First Aid Training Course. Shocked Matthew summoned help from shop staff, asking them to call an ambulance, whilst he moved items from around his mother to prevent injury. After Mrs Zanders stopped fitting Matthew placed his mother into the recovery position and maintained her airway. Mrs Zanders began to fit again. In total she suffered 11 seizures and after each one Matthew checked his mother’s vital signs and placed her into the recovery position.

Mrs Zanders said, “I am so proud of Matthew and grateful to the Squadron for teaching such valuable skills. Despite seeing me in distress he kept calm and looked after me. Matthew even called his father to tell him what was happening. I don’t like to think what the outcome could have been if Matthew had not been with me.”

Flying Officer Andrea Beeney, Training Officer at 106 (Orsett Hundred) Squadron, who delivered the First Aid course, said: “It’s great to hear that Matthew was able to keep calm in what must have been a stressful situation. First Aid is such a vital skill and you never know when you may need it.”

As in all such incidents, Mrs Zanders was taken to hospital to be checked over, and is now back home.