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First aiders help stabbing victim

14 July 2009

Two event first aid volunteers at a music eventAntony Upton (BRC)A family fun event in Southwark, London, nearly took a tragic turn after a boy suffered stab wounds during an attack. British Red Cross event first aid volunteers and staff immediately rushed into action to give life-saving care.

The Southwark Event took place on 11 July with the Red Cross providing event first aid cover. Unfortunately, there was significant gang activity that evening, ending with a 15-year-old boy being stabbed five times with a broken glass bottle.

Life-saving first aid

Police officers attending the incident quickly called on Red Cross first aiders to help. A paramedic and three first aid volunteers were very quickly on scene to stabilise the young man and give immediate first aid.

Kieran Smith, emergency planning officer, said: "The boy received a significant injury to his face and a number of wounds to both legs. Without the intervention of the team, the outcome could have been tragically different. Steve Oliver and Graham Claxton (first aid volunteers) worked to look after the care and treatment of the casualty through to the handover to the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service team.

"This was a difficult and stressful situation after what had already been and extremely long and busy event. The actions of both Steve and Graham upheld the highest standards of care and the reputation of the British Red Cross and I received a number of compliments about how they conducted themselves from our paramedic colleague, the police, the London ambulance service and the event organisers."

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