Washington woman up for St John’s Ambulance award after saving husband’s life

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

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

Ronda Prudhoe

A trained first aider and security supervisor with Washington cash processing company, Vaultex UK Ltd, Ronda returned home from work after an evening shift and realised her type 2 diabetic husband, Alan, was having a more serious than usual hypo.

Ronda’s first aid training kicked in and she 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.

Ronda managed to position him on the side of the bed and was able to force Alan’s 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 to cope with the condition.

Ronda’s actions on the day saved his life.

Ronda Prudhoe said: “I will always be grateful that one of my mangers 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.

“I am delighted to be named as a finalist in the charity’s Everyday Heroes award and hope it inspires others to get vital life saving training.”

The St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards are back with more than 40 incredible finalists, whose stories are sure to move and inspire even the hardest of hearts.

The Everyday Heroes awards are the charity’s annual celebration of the nation’s life savers – ordinary people who’ve done extraordinary things.

They have each been nominated for their incredible life saving actions or unstinting commitment to ensuring more people know first aid.

The awards, which are being supported by leading AED-manufacturer, Physio-Control, will be held on July 1 at the Lancaster London hotel.

Sky Sports presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, who nearly lost her father – golfer Bernard Gallacher – to a cardiac arrest, is hosting the star-studded evening.

She said: First aid is a cause close to my heart and I can’t wait to celebrate the real heroes who’ve saved lives. My father’s life was saved because the people around him knew first aid and every day I am grateful that they had the skills and confidence to know what to do.”

Simon Dunn, Regional Director at St John Ambulance Northeast, said: “Everyday Heroes is the very essence of what St John Ambulance is about – ordinary people doing extraordinary things through first aid. We believe that no one should suffer for a lack of first aid and the actions of our finalists prove that first aid really can be the difference between life and death.”

For more information about the awards or to buy tickets, please go to www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes