Published: 06:00, 23 September 2019
A student has spoken about how she wants to become a paramedic after stepping in to help a man.
Kacey Waters, of Frederick Street, Sittingbourne, was walking through St Michael’s Church, near East Street, just before 7.30pm, when she spotted a man laying on the floor as she went to meet her mum.
She went over to see if he was alright and spotted blood coming from his head.
After asking her friend to call 999 she was told to check if the man was breathing.
The 16-year-old public services student, who studies at Sheppey College, in Sheerness, said: “I couldn’t see his chest moving so [the operator] told me step-by-step how to do CPR.
“After giving the man a couple of pumps on his chest, he asked me again to check if he was breathing and to my relief he began breathing.
“He then asked me to put him in the recovery position, which my friend helped me to do.
“I waited with the man until the paramedics arrived. I was relieved when they did turn up as I’ve never done anything like this and it has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
“I did have the shakes for the rest of the night but I’m very proud of myself and so are my family.
“The paramedics also thanked me and said I did a brilliant job.”
Ambulance crews were not far behind and they took the patient to Medway Maritime Hospital.
A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “We were called to St Michael’s Church graveyard at approximately 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 11, to reports a person had collapsed.
“Despite initial reports, it was discovered the person was in fact breathing.
“Ambulance crews attended and the patient was treated before being taken to hospital.
“We are always very grateful for any help provided prior to our arrival at the scene of an emergency and we would like to thank this member of the public for the assistance she provided to the patient in ensuring they received help quickly.”
The ordeal has led Kacey to consider becoming a paramedic herself.
She added: “I do now want to become a paramedic as I was happy with myself to know that I had helped the man and it’s very rewarding.”
Kacey is now looking to track down the man she helped to make sure he is okay.
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