Kwinana pharmacist helps save woman’s life


Accord security guard David Whitehead with Guardian Chisholm Avenue pharmacist David Henrisson.
Accord security guard David Whitehead with Guardian Chisholm Avenue pharmacist David Henrisson.

ACTS of kindness restore faith in the community.

This was the case when Chisholm Avenue Pharmacy pharmacist David Henrisson saved a mother’s life in Kwinana.

Winding up for the day on October 12, after taking deliveries for the pharmacy, the driver called back.

“I was working in the pharmacy when the driver called to say he had seen a woman on the grass,” he said. “I went out and approached her, calling to her and saw she was quite blue and quite limp.

“I recognised her as she had been to the pharmacy before, which helped because I had insight into her medical condition.

“I put her in the recovery position, called 000; then the security guard from Darius Wells, David, came over.

“He was so calm and went and got a defibrillator from the Darius Wells building for me.

“There was no pulse; it was barely there, so I gave 30 pumps and she gurgled a bit and turned over.

“By then the ambulance had arrived and they took over and stabilised her.”

He said the security guard had been an amazing help.

“I just want to thank him; he was very helpful, calm and waved down the ambulance,” he said. “What was disheartening were the few people who simply walked straight past her and did nothing.

“If I had not done anything, she would have died.

“I stayed with her for 12 minutes before the ambulance arrived; the officers were fantastic, it did not take them long to get here.”

The incident is the first time he has had to use his first aid training.

“Some action is better than no action and everyone should do a first aid course,” he said.

“I’m glad she made it.”

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