Posted on August 2019 By Jamie Southwell
Rachel Rose, 37, nursing student
It didn’t take long for this bright young nurse to put her newly learnt CPR techniques to use, Rachel Rose was staying with her family in Spain when all of a sudden she was put up the task of saving
5-year-old Kylie Ann Stewart.
Catherine & her family were on holiday in Alcudia, Majorca, when suddenly her 5-year-old daughter, Kylie, fell unconscious after her kidneys shut down due to a bug known as E. coli.
Kylie Ann Stewart, on the right, Catherine, her mother, on the left
Kylie suffers from spina bifida, a condition where the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop correctly in the womb and leads to a gap in the spine.
Passers-by didn’t know what to do or how to react when they began to see the child fall under however this didn’t stop Ms Rose, who had been staying at the same resort as Catherine. Instinctively she jumped to the rescue after realising she “had to do something”. To her shock, upon inspection she couldn’t feel a pulse or breathing and she knew something was extremely wrong.
Kylie Ann Stewart, 5
This was the moment for the 37-year-old to act, without hesitation she instantly started performing the CPR techniques that had been taught to her weeks prior at the University of Sunderland, England. It took five excruciatingly long minutes until she began to see a sign of life again. 'I kept on going but there wasn't any signs of life, but during my training they told us we had to keep going, so that's what I did.' On the fifth minute, Rachel noticed a glimmer of movement in Kylie's eyes. Rachel knew this meant it was time to put her into the recovery position, and shortly after they were able to deliver Kylie to a nearby Spanish hospital. Upon arrival, there was a 13 day long wait till they were able to release Kylie so she could travel back to Dublin and remain on dialysis, which she remained on for a further 10 days. All is looking brighter now though, as Kylie is currently recovering at home whilst attending the hospital for regular check-ups and is said to return to school as soon as possible.
It was truly a magical miracle that Rachel was there to save the day, we wish her all the best in the future as a Nurse!