Mother’s plea to be CPR aware

Joanna and Matt Baines' son, Thomas, stopped breathing in the night when he was weeks old and Joanna resuscitated him with baby CPR having been trained at WSH. She now wants more parents to take the training when offered in case it happens to them.''Pictured: Joanna and Matt with Thomas and Sophie
Joanna and Matt Baines' son, Thomas, stopped breathing in the night when he was weeks old and Joanna resuscitated him with baby CPR having been trained at WSH. She now wants more parents to take the training when offered in case it happens to them.''Pictured: Joanna and Matt with Thomas and Sophie
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A mother who saved her baby’s life using CPR techniques is urging expectant parents to get training that could prevent a tragedy.

Joanna and Matt Baines, both 28, of Bury St Edmunds, had to resuscitate their son, Thomas, when he began to choke in the middle of the night just eight weeks after being born in January 2011.

West Suffolk Hospital nurses had trained the couple in CPR as Thomas was kept in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) for two weeks, and Mrs Baines said the training they received saved Thomas’ life.

“He stopped breathing in front of us and went blue, then grey and was totally motionless.

“It was a blind panic but the training clicked back into place and everything we had been told, we followed.

“We got a few breaths out of him and that was enough to keep him alive until the ambulance arrived 15 minutes later,” she said.

Having given birth to her second child, Sophie, on November 11, Mrs Baines said she was surprised to hear that some parents turned down the offer of CPR training.

“Some people don’t think it’s relevant because they have ‘normal’ healthy babies, or they are in denial because it’s a bit of a scary prospect.

“Some might not know it’s available either, but we’d like to see everyone take it up because it can happen to any baby,” she said.

Parents can watch a ten minute DVD or speak to nurses to receive information, with access available from children’s centres, GPs or West Suffolk Hospital.

Mrs Baines has also been carrying out fund-raising for the SCBU, with car boots and raffles raising £500.