Trained first-aider who saved lifeless baby is up for an award

Daniel Measom has been nominated for a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award after saving the life of a baby.
Daniel Measom has been nominated for a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award after saving the life of a baby.
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Quick-thinking hero Daniel Measom could be honoured for saving the life of a 13-month-old baby.

East Durham man Daniel, 23, has been shortlisted in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards.

“I did not think about it at the time – I just did what I was trained to do.”

Daniel Measom

The former call centre worker, of Fifth Street, Horden, was at his parents’ home in Gilesgate, Durham City, when the baby’s father hammered on the door clutching his daughter’s lifeless body.

“I grabbed the baby from him, did the primary survey and established she was not breathing,” said Daniel, who teaches First Aid with Durham Army Cadets in Seaburn and Sunderland.

The hallway was too narrow to carry out resuscitation, so Daniel carried the little girl into the sitting room.

“I placed her on the couch and started to do resuscitation compressions to the chest,” he said.

“Then the ambulance arrived, so I picked her up, ran out and placed her on the bed in the ambulance so she could receive professional treatment.

“I had only taken one step back inside the front door when the paramedic popped his head round and said, ‘Well done, she is alive’.”

Being nominated for the award has made Daniel realise how serious the consequences could have been: “I did not think about it at the time – I just did what I was trained to do,” he said.

“Everything I have been trained to do, everything I have been training others to do for years, it all just fell into place.

“It was not until afterwards that it hit me.

“The award nomination has made me realise that if it was not for me, the baby would not be alive today.”