TWO young children, aged just four and six, were hailed as heroes this week after saving the life of a grandmother.
Four-year-old Nathan Ó Rathallaigh and his six-year-old friend Katelyn Higginbotham were home with his grandmother, 58-year-old Ursula Doran Ó Rathallaigh at Blackditch, Nurney, when she had a seizure. Katelyn had been taught CPR by her father, who is in the air corps, just days earlier and she managed to carefully push Ursula to the floor before putting her in the recovery position. She took complete control of the situation and starting compressions before instructing Nathan to take over.
Katelyn, who is in first class at Nurney NS, and Nathan, who just started in the gaelscoil in Naas, ran to the homes of three different neighbours looking for help. Katelyn remained in control as she instructed Nathan to hold her hand and walk on the grass as she knew he wasn’t allowed on the road. An ambulance soon arrived and Ursula was rushed to Naas General Hospital.
Her ability to stay focused and keep Nathan calm was highlighted and congratulated afterwards by Ursula who has now recovered from her ordeal.
“They looked after me so well,” she said. “I had a seizure about a year-an-a-half ago and I was unconscious for about 40 minutes. I was badly hurt and still have the scars today. I fell from a high stool but kept moving and ended up in the bathroom so I don’t know what would have happened this time.
“Katelyn took control and it was her confidence in what she was doing that kept Nathan calm and he followed her instructions brilliantly. I can’t believe how well they coped.”
Ursula has no recollection of the incident which occurred ten days ago and woke to find herself in bed at Naas General Hospital.
“She even knew to dial 999 but she didn’t know where my house phone was so that’s why she went looking for help,” she added.
“You can’t underestimate children. It would be great to see CPR taught on the curriculum in school. They were amazing. They are my superheroes.”