Reveller knocked unconscious in the street is saved – by first-aider on night out dressed as Catwoman
A reveller who was knocked unconscious in the street was saved by a first-aider on a night out – dressed as Catwoman.
Quick-thinking Shannie Cole, 21, was out celebrating Halloween with friends dressed as the comic book hero when she found a man lying in the street.
The young clubber had been been knocked out cold and suffered a broken jaw and nose, prompting engineering recruitment resourcer Shannie to leap into action.
Using skills she learned on a first aid course just four days earlier, she checked he was breathing, titled his head up to open his airway, and put him in the recovering position.
She stayed by his side and reassured him until police and paramedics arrived.
Ms Cole said: “He was punched in the face, his head hit the floor and he was unconscious.
“I immediately knew what to do thanks to my first aid course.
“He had broken his nose and jaw, but managed to thank me before he was taken to hospital.
“My colleagues laugh and say it was ‘Catwoman to the rescue’, but I just want to thank St John Ambulance for providing me with the skills to give him first aid.
“I think everyone should be trained in first aid because you never know when you might be in a situation when someone requires help.
“You could not only make a difference to the victim’s life, but their friends and family too.”
Shannie completed her two-day training course, funded by her employer, on October 27, and headed for a Halloween night out on October 30.
After she left the Ramshackle night at Bristol’s O2 Arena at 4.30am the next day, she spotted the man being knocked out and hitting the floor in the city’s Park Street.
He woke up while being looked after by Shannie, who was wearing a black jumpsuit, tail, ears and cat-print face paint.
It is understood he made a full recovery.
Police were so impressed with her actions they gave her a lift home to Hartcliffe, Bristol, to say thank you.
Ms Cole had completed training at the Harry Crook Centre in Bedminster courtesy of St John Ambulance’s Bristol.
The charity’s regional director of workplace training, John Cavanagh, said: “I’d like to congratulate Shannie on helping in what must have been a traumatic situation.
“We aspire to give people the confidence, and not only the skills, to provide first aid when the time comes.”