A quick-thinking former nurse used her medical expertise to help save the life of her neighbour’s baby.
Now Liz Rowbotham, from Wombourne, is to be honoured with an award for her actions.
Mrs Rowbotham recalls with tears in July last year when Faith Deegan-Drake’s mother Charlotte Drake, aged 34, and the child’s grandmother Cheryl Drake, aged 62, came running out of their home in Redcliffe Drive.
Charlotte placed Faith, who had stopped breathing, into the arms of ex-nurse Mrs Rowbotham, who performed CPR on her and managed to get her breathing moments before paramedics arrived. The youngster had stopped breathing after food got trapped in her lungs.
Mrs Rowbotham, aged 60, said: “I saw Cheryl running out of the house and I knew something was wrong. I just zoned everyone out and performed CPR I’m so thankful of all the training I have had. I just kept trying to resuscitate her. Usually in a situation like that I have colleagues and instruments to help me but on this occasion it was was just me in my kitchen.”
Faith’s grandmother, Cheryl added: “Liz saved her and I’m so thankful. She more than deserves this award.”
Charlotte Drake added: “I’m a nurse but I panicked as it was my own child and I handed her to Liz and she went to work on her. She began to breath and mumble just as the paramedics got here.”
Faith, aged just five weeks at the time of the scare, was allowed back home the next day.
Liz’s actions have now been commended by Staffordshire Police who put her forward for the West Midlands Ambulance Service award for excellence.
On Thursday Mrs Rowbotham, will be presented with an award at a ceremony at the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich Spa.