Staff at a special school in Cork have been praised for their quick-thinking actions which helped to save the life of one of their students when he suffered a cardiac arrest last month.
When Conal McAuliffe, 15, collapsed while taking part in a school St Patrick's Day parade on March 16, staff at St Paul's Special School in Montenotte leapt into action.
The teenager was unresponsive and was not breathing.
It takes a system to save a life.— Ger O Dea (@GerODea_NAS_CEM) April 5, 2021
From bystander CPR / AED , activation of the 112/999 system , @AmbulanceNAS community first responders and practitioners, critical care doctors and excellent in-hospital aftercare.
For 15 year old Conal McAuliffe, the system worked seamlessly pic.twitter.com/J5m9PTgB2g
In a video posted by Ger O'Dea, National Community Engagement Manager for the National Ambulance Service, he lauded the staff for their life-saving actions.
"He received advanced critical care at the scene before being rushed to Cork University Hospital."
Conal was then stabilised and transferred to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin by critical care ambulance.
He remained in an induced coma for a number of days but soon began to make "a dramatic smiling recovery".
"It takes a system to save a life and that system began with the staff at Conal's school knowing what to do and calling 999/112.
"The moral of Conal's amazing story is learn CPR," the video concludes.