14 June 2018
A former Army Cadet saved the life of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest in Mansfield town centre. Seventeen-year-old Melanie Jeske used the skills she had learned in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and quickly called the emergency services before performing CPR.
Melanie, along with another member of the public, was able to revive the gentleman briefly, but before paramedics arrived his condition deteriorated again and his heart stopped for a second time. She persevered with a second round of CPR to manually pump blood around the patient’s body and get oxygen into his lungs until the ambulance arrived.
Once the ambulance crew arrived and took over, Melanie comforted his family and took their contact information so she could stay updated on his condition. The gentleman is recovering well in hospital and is responding to treatment.
“I am relieved to hear that the gentleman is recovering in hospital,” said Melanie. “I was just one of the people nearby who helped, but because of the training I received in the cadets I knew instinctively what I had to do and was able to act quickly and calmly. Once I turn 18 I plan to return to the Army Cadet Force as an instructor so that I can pass on lifesaving skills to others.”
Upon hearing of Melanie’s actions Mansfield MP Ben Bradley said, “I’m sure everyone at Nottingham ACF are all incredibly proud of her. She’s a credit to Mansfield.”
“Melanie is just one of 800 young people in Nottinghamshire who are members of the ACF,” added Richard Etherington, a spokesman for Nottinghamshire ACF. “Amongst other things, cadets gain recognised St John’s Ambulance qualifications to prepare them for situations just like this. We wish the gentleman well.”