LIFE-SAVER: QAS South West Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory has saved a life, and has used the incident to push for the need to have more locals who know how to administer CPR.
LIFE-SAVER: QAS South West Senior Operations Supervisor Adam Flory has saved a life, and has used the incident to push for the need to have more locals who know how to administer CPR. Tom Gillespie

‘She had turned blue’: Roma ambo urges locals to learn CPR

HE MIGHT have saved a life by stumbling across the emergency, but Roma paramedic Adam Flory wanted to make one thing clear – the skills he used can be learned by everyone.

The QAS South West Senior Operations Supervisor was heading north to Injune on Monday night when he noticed a car in the long grass off the side of the Warrego Hwy.

The driver, a woman in her 40s, had gone into cardiac arrest and had no pulse when Mr Flory pulled her out of the car and performed CPR.

While Mr Flory is a ten year veteran of the QAS, he said the ability to perform CPR could be the difference in emergency situations.

“I did nothing special in that situation that anyone couldn’t have done if they knew CPR,” he said.

“The most important thing is CPR does save lives.

“While I was working on this lady, it was 15 minutes before another car drove past.”

Saving a life is one of the two real highlights a paramedic can experience in their career, according to Mr Flory.

But not all of his cases have been as positive.

“I suppose when you look at the scale of things, the two highlights for a paramedic are either bringing life into this world, or stopping them from going out,” Mr Flory said.

“If you get a save, that’s a highlight because that means that person can see their family again or live another day.

“The good thing was she was alert and oriented when she got to hospital and that happens in about one in 100 cases. I could count on one hand when the person made it to hospital alive.”

Free CPR courses are available at Roma Ambulance Station.

Phone 4624 3500 to arrange a course as an individual or group.


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