Seven-year-old Noah visited the Centre after a video of him performing CPR went viral
After a video showing seven-year-old Noah Lackenby performing CPR went viral, he and his friend, Owen Gregory, aged eight, were invited to the School of Medicine's Clinical Skills Centre to spend the day with staff and students there.
Noah had been taught how to do CPR by his father, Neil, who shared the video of his son's skills on Facebook, attracting attention from the University. Noah and Owen were then shown round the Clinical Skills Centre by the Director, Dr Ben Shippey, who involved them in teaching sessions where students were learning to take blood and perform CPR. The boys also participated in a resucitation simulation using the Centre's mannequin and training rooms.
Speaking about his experience, Noah said, "I loved the trip to Ninewells and I feel that I've learned a useful skill. I was taught CPR because it could save a life." Dr Shippey also remarked on the importance of learning life-saving skills, saying, "It was great to see Noah and Owen learning a skill that saves lives around the world every day. Good basic life support started early doubles the chance of a patient surviving. We teach basic life support and other essential healthcare skills here at the DIHS, and we were really impressed by [Noah's] technique and attention to detail."
Those interested in learning CPR and other valuable skills can take part in free Heartstart Discovery training sessions across Tayside this month. No prior medical knowledge is required ahead of the session, and training can also be arranged on request for groups, organisations and clubs. For further details, contact Helen Brady via firstname.lastname@example.org.