Order of Malta Ambulance Corps volunteer has saved a life using the life-saving skill of CPR he learned through training with the organisation
The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is the largest voluntary ambulance service in Ireland, with almost 4,000 members nationwide. For the last 4 years, the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps has provided free training to hundreds of people across the country during CPR Awareness Week.
The initiative, which is held in October every year, was launched in 2015 following the tragic sudden death of 13-year-old Adam McAndrew, the son of a member of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps.
Last month, Order of Malta Ambulance Corps volunteer Paul Crampton was driving home when he noticed a man fall outside his house. Paul pulled over to ask the man if he he needed assistance. He immediately got out of the car when he saw the man was having difficulty breathing and ran over to help. It wasn’t long before the man stopped breathing, and so Paul performed CPR for a number of minutes before further assistance arrived and the man was eventually brought to hospital. Paul has met the man since this incident, who thanks him for saving his life.
Paul has been a member of the Armagh Unit of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps for 10 years, and says that he would never have had the confidence to perform CPR had it not been for the training he received from the organization.
This year the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps wants to highlight the importance of CPR by training members of the public all across the country and encouraging people to take part in local training and awareness events. This year, Adam’s Gift will run in conjunction with Restart a Heart, the HSE’s CPR awareness day.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, click here for contact details of the Unit closest to you.