I found my mother passed out with a brain injury – I had to fight to save her life

A matter of seconds really can make the difference between life and death – as Tash Sorhaindo knows after being rescued by her young daughter.

dr Ian Quigley is equally grateful for the volunteers who helped pull him back from the brink during a half marathon.

Mum Tash with lifesaver Jayden (left) and Kayla


Mum Tash with lifesaver Jayden (left) and KaylaCredit: Tash Sorhaindo
Ian Quigley, wife Tracey and St. John crew


Ian Quigley, wife Tracey and St. John crewCredit: Delivered

And in recognition of the heroes who rushed to their aid, both Tash and Ian have nominated them for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards.

Tash, 42, from Hampton, South West London, received a nasty hit to the head while running the bath.

She said: “I came in like I always do, but I didn’t realize I was going to hurt myself pretty badly.”

Moments later, her 11-year-old daughter, Jayden, found her unconscious and bleeding in the bathtub.

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Jayden said: “I was a little scared but I had to stay calm for the situation to be resolved.

“I immediately called for help. I checked my mother’s breathing and held her head up as she fell backwards. I had to prevent her from drowning.”

New research from the St. John Ambulance health and first aid organization shows that Jayden is not alone when it comes to saving a loved one.

The One Poll of 2,000 people in the UK found one in four had saved a life.

Of these, 58 percent saved a family member and 56 percent saved a friend, while 52 percent saved the life of a work colleague or stranger.

Just 29 percent of those surveyed said they were “very confident” in their first aid skills — but for Jayden, that confidence came from training with St. John since she was seven.

She is a caregiver to Tash, who suffers from an autoimmune disease, lupus and heart failure.

Jayden, who aspires to be a heart surgeon, revealed: “I came to first aid because my mother is ill. I don’t want anyone to be miserable – I just want to help them.

When Tash passed out, Jayden knew exactly what to do.

She said, “I checked my mother’s breathing and put my ear to her mouth.”

Jayden monitored her mother and kept her head out of the water until she regained consciousness and the ambulance arrived.

Tash – also mother to Kayla, two – had stitches and MRI and CT scans in hospital before being given the all-clear.

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St John’s Head of Young People Development Daniel Lyons says: “It is so important that young people understand and know what to do in an emergency

“Our six national youth programs – Badgers, Cadets, Student Volunteering, NHS Cadets, Young Responders and Health Citizens – give young people the opportunity to learn these first aid skills alongside other important life skills.”

At you can sign up for youth and adult courses, watch a first aid video or donate to help train and equip more volunteers.

She says: “The doctors said thank God I was found – anything could have happened if I had stayed there.

“Jayden was taught real scenarios of what to do, how to react and I cannot put into words the gratitude I have to St. John.”

Ian Quigley, 56, suffered cardiac arrest at the finish line of the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October last year.

The East London GP said: “I looked at my watch and thought, ‘That’s a bit slow but I’ve done it now.’ Then I felt my legs shaking.

“The next thing I know, I woke up in an ambulance and the paramedic said, ‘You just went into cardiac arrest and were resuscitated.'”

He wasn’t short of breath, and as a doctor who’s saved the life of a heart patient himself, Ian knows the signs.

He said: “My wife Tracey was nine minutes behind me and ran past the medical tent not knowing I almost died.”

That he’s still here is thanks to the expertise of five St. John volunteers: Chris Monk, 36, Iain Brooke-Bennett, 34, Matt Leopold, 36, Hannah Vidal-Hall, 27, and Immi Beresford-Bone.

Immi, 27, said: “We thought he was having a seizure initially. He was breathing very loudly, irregularly, which is an indicator of imminent cardiac arrest.

“Before I could even say, ‘Get me a defibrillator,’ my colleague was giving chest compressions and someone ran to get one.”

They shocked him with the defibrillator and as Immi and the team continued to give chest compressions, Ian actually managed to push her off.

“He was alive! It’s a sight I’ll never forget,” says Immi.

“The hours of training and learning are worth it for that one moment.”

Tash knows what she means.

“Jayden is my hero,” she says.

“I know everyone says, ‘My daughter is the best,’ but she is unique.

“She has such a big heart and anyone who has the pleasure of meeting her or being her friend will see it for themselves.”

7 First Aid Tips Parents Should Teach Children


YOU never know when your child will need to know how to save a life – it could even be yours. So make first aid skills a family affair by following these seven tips. . .

CHOOSE 999: EVEN the smallest children are quite phoned now.

You may be up to date when it comes to playing games and watching Peppa Pig videos, but do you know who to call in an emergency and how?

Make sure they know when and how to dial 999.

HOME TIME: IF your little one does need to call 999, the emergency call center’s job will be a lot easier if your child knows the address by heart.

In an emergency, every moment counts, and knowing where you live can save important seconds.

CALL FOR HELP: WE rely so much on our phones to store everyone’s numbers, but cell phones can die and break.

So it’s a good idea for your child to remember a family member’s number as well as 999 so they can call someone if they need another adult.

FIND IT: EVERY household should have a well stocked first aid kit.

Didn’t get one? Get one!

Remember to keep it in a safe, accessible place and show your child exactly where it is.

Then, when someone needs an antiseptic cream or antihistamines, everyone knows where to go.

FROM THE INSIDE TO THE OUTSIDE: HAVING a first aid kit is great, but your child should also be able to identify what’s in it and what each item does, from scissors to gauze, band-aids to bandages.

St John Ambulance have a recommended equipment list on their website – see

PRIMARY SURVEY: BREAK UP as a family on how to conduct an “initial assessment” – a quick way to find out how life-threatening conditions a victim may have can be treated in order of priority.

St. John Ambulance uses “DRABC”: Danger, Response, Airway, Respiration and Circulation.

IN RECOVERY: TEACH your child when and how to turn someone into the recovery position – it’s a classic for a reason.

It is performed after the initial assessment and is designed to move an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally into a safe position where they can breathe easily.

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