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Anna from Wolverhampton springs into action after young girl chokes in aisle

September 2, 2022 03:43pm
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Quick-thinking Anna Bradbury from our Wolverhampton store sprang into action to save a young girl who was choking and struggling to breathe while out shopping with her mum.

Anna, who's worked at the store for 31 years, saw that the mum was looking distressed in one of the aisles and instinctively knew something was seriously wrong.

She said: "I ran over and saw a little girl aged about four or five in the shopping trolley. She was crouched down, her face was bright red, and she was struggling to breathe.

"There was something stuck in her throat. I stood her up and hit her firmly a few times between the shoulder blades with my hand and whatever was stuck there must have got dislodged. The girl was fine afterwards, just upset, and her mum was in shock.

"It was just a case of being in the right place at the right time. I didn't have time to think and just went on auto-pilot really. I'd do the same thing tomorrow in a heartbeat. It was pure instinct."

Anna, who's 63, has four grown up boys and eight grandchildren and had been married to Scott for 27 years.

Last year, Anna gave CPR to her two-year-old grand-daughter Evie-Rose and saved her life when she had a febrile convulsion and stopped breathing.

Anna said: "It was so scary. I was on the phone to the ambulance service and I started to do CPR on her and also blew into her mouth. I just knew what I had to do and luckily I brought her back. I'm proud of myself now for what I did but at the time it was such a shock."

And recently, Anna went to help a customer who had an epileptic seizure in the store, making him comfortable and talking to him until paramedics arrived.

Store manager Lynsey Ann Marson, who has nominated Anna for an Asda service superstar award, said: "Anna is a well-loved colleague and we are all really proud of her as her incredibly quick actions meant the young girl was OK.

"Thank you Anna, what you did was really going above and beyond."

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