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Hero Rosie tackles a hat-trick of accidents

18 October 2010

Emergency response volunteer Rosie Moran and paramedic© InfoSome people just can’t keep away from trouble. First aid hero Rosie Moran has helped injured casualties at not one, not two, but three serious road accidents so far this year.

Rosie, a Red Cross volunteer and staff member, was driving home through London in her branded vehicle on 12 October when she saw there had been a nasty car crash, leaving the driver trapped in his car.

Twenty-nine-year old Rosie said: “I could see that the airbags hadn’t inflated and the man was clutching his chest. I checked his spine and the back of his neck and, although he could move his neck freely, he cried out in pain when I touched the back of it.”

Emergency support

“I put a collar on the man to keep his neck secure, then a paramedic arrived and we quickly decided fire-fighters would be needed to cut the man out of the car.”

Rosie stayed on the scene, comforting the stricken casualty, until the fire service arrived. Then, as the smallest person at the scene, she was asked to get in the back seat of the car and hold the victim’s head securely while the fire-fighters got out their heavy cutting equipment and took the car’s roof off.

The first aider said: “It was incredibly noisy while the fire-fighters were taking the roof off. My job was to make sure the man was comfortable and conscious, so I talked to him the whole time. He started to deteriorate a bit while they were cutting off the roof, but he didn’t have very serious injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Response ‘second nature’

Speaking of her hat-trick of road accidents, including a seriously-injured pedestrian in February and a high-speed crash in June, Rosie later said: “I always seem to be driving past at the right time. But, when these things happen, it’s reassuring to know that I have my training as a Red Cross emergency response volunteer.”

She added: “The training means that knowing how to respond has become second nature, rather than something you have to panic and think twice about.”

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