Jan 24 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
THREE members of staff have been recognised for saving a young pupil’s life.
Caretaker Shahzad Ahmed, teaching assistant Eleanor Singh and PE instructor Mohamed Hussein were awarded resuscitation certificates by the Royal Humane Society for bringing nine-year-old Dominik Glowacki back to life, at Chalkhill Primary School, in Wembley.
The Mayor of Brent presented the three life-savers with the certificates at the school on Friday last week at a special assembly attended by the whole school.
Mrs Singh, 38, said: “It was such an honour. I knew we would get the certificates but it all happened so fast. My dad was there and he was so proud, he said he wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
“I have the certificate up on the wall in my living room now.”
The incident happened in October 2011 when Dominik’s heart stopped for six minutes during a PE lesson.
A classmate raised the alarm when the usually active and football-loving boy from Wembley collapsed while playing a game of rounders.
The teachers called the emergency services and alerted Mr Ahmed, the first aider, who gave him chest compressions while Mrs Singh relayed instructions from the ambulance operator over the phone.
Speaking to the Observer last June, Mr Ahmed said: “I ran over and he was completely blue and he wasn’t breathing so I knew he needed CPR. I started mouth to mouth with Mo holding his legs until the ambulance came. I didn’t panic and I was patient. I just tried my best and that was what saved his life.”
Mrs Singh described Dominik, who is no longer at the school, as a ‘cheerful’ boy.
He suffered a further three cardiac arrests in the ambulance on the way to hospital and was later diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition.
Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “To save a life is the most wonderful thing anyone can do for a fellow human being. These three richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”