Fire hero saves baby
Published: March 16, 2007 | 5795th good news item since 2003
A rookie firefighter saved a baby’s life as he cycled to work.
Ian Nicholson, 29, used techniques he had learned on a course just two weeks ago to bring little Ruby Fallingham back from the brink after she stopped breathing.
Now he is being invited to be guest of honour at Ruby’s first birthday party next week.
Ian, who is based at Bolton Central Station and only started the job in November, was cycling along Newbrook Road at Over Hulton yesterday when he saw Ruby’s distressed family.
He said: “I saw a lady shaking what at first I thought was a doll, and she was clearly upset. She was the child’s grandmother, and the baby’s mother was nearby panicking.
“I told the grandmother to call an ambulance and took the child from her. I laid her down in a garden. She had stopped breathing and was turning blue.
“I began CPR – pressing her chest with one finger about 15 times and then I got one breath into her mouth. The baby came round instantly. It was amazing. Within a few minutes she was fine. I then got on my bike and carried on to work.
“I went a trauma course about two weeks ago and fortunately it focused on paediatric recovery techniques.
“I was a bit late setting off for work and I nearly got the bus instead, but decided to go on my bike – obviously I was meant to come across Ruby and her family.
“I was a terrific feeling, being able to help. I felt like I had won the Lottery.”
Ruby’s mother, Lorna Smith, of Mealhouse Lane, Atherton, who is expecting her second child in September, said: “We were on our way home from hospital, as Ruby had not been well, when she began to turn blue and was foaming at the mouth.
“We stopped the car and Ian came past on his bike and asked if he could help.
“It was very frightening. But Ian was brilliant. He was cool, calm and just took over.”
Ruby made a full recovery but was being kept in Royal Bolton Hospital last night for observation.