care worker receives award after saving man's life
employee at a care home in Burnham-On-Sea who saved the life of
a young man by carrying out vital CPR has been honoured with a
top award this week.
Rob Lawrence, who works at Holly Tree Cottage residential home
in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, has been named 'Outstanding Care
Worker' in the 2016 Care Awards.
judges heard how Rob, a carer with Homes Caring for Autism, came
to the help of a young man with epilepsy and a heart condition
who collapsed and was unconscious and not breathing.
quickly started life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
on the man and continued it until an ambulance arrived.
young man's grateful mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:
"Staff rushed to the aid of my son when his epilepsy alarm
was found to be in a more serious state than was usual and the
emergency services were quickly called who advised CPR to be administered."
quickly started CPR and continued to do so even though other staff
offered to take over."
the paramedics arrived they found his heart needed to be restarted.
Robert insisted on accompanying him to hospital, where he stayed
with myself and other members of staff until later in the afternoon
when he knew my son was comfortable, even though he had been on
a night shift."
consultant later told me that it was the rapid and continued CPR
response that ensured not only that my son's life was saved but
no permanent brain damage was suffered."
mother, who submitted an award nomination for Rob, added that
she had been touched by the response she had received when she
thanked Rob for his reactions.
replied that the best reward had been being able to see her son
being his usual self, day to day, without any change, a sweet
innocence to the gravity of it all."
added: "It made me realise again, what an exceptional individual
he is and what outstanding commitment he showed that morning and
continues to show to all the individuals in his care."
line manager, David Small, at the Homes Caring for Autism group,
which is based in Weston and supports up to 60 people with autism
and learning disabilities, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As a
company that specialises in supporting people with complex behavioural
and health needs we must acknowledge that there is always a risk
that the health of any of the people we support could be compromised
whilst in our care."
I don't believe any of us could have imagined being in a situation
of this magnitude."
is with sincere thanks and a deep appreciation that we recognise
Rob's quick thinking and lifesaving actions that day. Our gratitude
and praise is certainly echoed by others, including the young
man's parents and the health and social care professionals who
have been involved throughout."
is no doubt that his decisive actions saved a life that day and
we all thank him for being so instrumental in his rescue."
has been presented with a trophy and a rose bowl during a gala
evening at Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton.
L-R - Richard Smith with Rob Lawrence holding rose bowl and Shirley
Smith holding Rob's trophy