Washington wife shortlisted for award after coming to rescue of diabetic partner

Ronda Prudhoe with husband Alan, who she saved after he had a diabetic episode and began choking on his tongue.

Ronda Prudhoe with husband Alan, who she saved after he had a diabetic episode and began choking on his tongue.

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A quick-thinking wife who came to the aid of her husband after he suffered a diabetic episode and began choking on his tongue has been shortlisted for a national award.

Ronda Prudhoe, 45, from Donwell, Washington, is a finalist in the ‘Everyday Hero’ category of the St John’s Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, which recognises an adult who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement.

A trained first aider and security supervisor with Washington cash processing company Vaultex UK, Ronda returned home after an evening shift and realised her type 2 diabetic husband, Alan, was having a hypo attack

Ronda checked for usual blood sugar levels and tried to get sugar into his system, but his situation quickly deteriorated and he began to have a seizure and choke on his tongue.

She managed to position him on the side of the bed and was able to force his tongue forward to prevent him from choking.

After spending a few days in hospital, it was discovered that Alan actually had type 1 diabetes and now takes insulin four times a day.

Ronda said: “I will always be grateful that one of my managers asked me if l would I like to go on a course with St John Ambulance and become a first aider.

“I am in no doubt without this training, that l would not have known what to do in this situation and I do believe that this is a life skill that everyone should have.”

The awards will be held on July 1 at the Lancaster London hotel. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes.