Nedlands teen recognised for act of bravery


Stanley McFarlane of Nedlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475171
Stanley McFarlane of Nedlands. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d475171

A NEDLANDS teenager felt “gratified” after winning a gold medallion at the 2017 Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards for saving a woman’s life outside Christ Church Grammar School.

In February, Year 11 student Stanley McFarlane (16) came out of a parent-teacher interview with his father and discovered a woman lying motionless on the ground.

Stanley realised something was wrong and immediately went to the aid of the woman.

He called the ambulance and passed the phone to his father before performing CPR on the woman.

After 20 compressions, the woman breathed a gasp of air and returned to a conscious state.

Stanley put her in a recovery position and reassured her when she was taken away by the ambulance.

He said it was the first time he saved a person’s life.

“It felt like another training scenario but afterwards it felt a bit more gratifying because it was much more significant,” he said.

“I did a CPR course in Year 10 and that was a Friday afternoon activity affiliated with North Cottesloe.

“Obviously, it is very important because if you ever find yourself in that situation, you can help a life.”

Meanwhile, HBF Stadium lifesavers Corey Hollow and David Trotter were awarded with a gold star after performing CPR on a patron during a fitness class in May.

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