Nedlands resident wins Commonwealth Bravery Award for saving a stranger’s life.

Stanley McFarlane (17) was just 15 years old when he performed CPR on a woman who had collapsed outside Christ Church Grammar School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d489253a
Stanley McFarlane (17) was just 15 years old when he performed CPR on a woman who had collapsed outside Christ Church Grammar School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489253a

NEDLANDS resident Stanley McFarlane was just 15 years old when he performed CPR on a woman who had collapsed outside Christ Church Grammar School.

Stanley administered about 20 compressions of CPR to the woman in February last year after he saw her lying unconscious along Queenslea Drive in Claremont.

“After 20 compressions, the woman took a gasp of air, and I eventually brought her to a conscious state and reassured her before she was taken away by ambulance,” Stanley said.

“I never heard back from the woman, but I’m sure she recovered.”

The now 17-year-old received the Russell Medal, a Commonwealth Bravery award, during a ceremony last month at the Royal Life Saving WA Headquarters in Mount Claremont.

The 2018 Christ Church Grammar School graduate said saving the woman’s life was a “humbling experience”.

“You don’t realise how fragile life is until you’re able to be in one for those situations and save someone and do that kind of thing,” he said,

“Its humbling and was an important moment in my life.”

Stanley said he had high hopes to study medicine at UWA next year.

“I’m passionate about helping people, and I like the idea of helping people everyday as it’s an awesome feeling, making a positive impact on someone’s life,” he said.