Noah ‘beavers’ away at incredible life-saving skills

Noah Lackenby (7) practising his CPR skills on best friend Owen Gregory (8).

Noah Lackenby (7) practising his CPR skills on best friend Owen Gregory (8).

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A young Carnoustie Beaver has been attracting some attention on the internet recently after he proved himself to be a life-saver in the making.

Seven-year-old Noah Lackenby surprised his parents, Fiona and Neil, last week after a Facebook video of him practising his newly learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was picked up by the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee.

On Friday Noah, along with the rest of his Beaver Colony, were taught CPR by Lynn Lawrence from Heartstart Discovery and the Beaver leaders, and when he went home a buzzing Noah insisted on showing his parents his newfound skills.

Noah’s father Neil works for Angus Council and part of his role involves training lifeguards in CPR. He was so impressed that he posted a video on Facebook of Noah carrying out CPR and this was later picked up on by the School of Medicine who have invited the youngster to their state-of-the-art training suite for a tour.

In the space of a few days Noah’s video had been viewed over 1600 times (over 2100 times when he went to press!) and next Friday the excited lad will be taking the university up on their offer.

Joining Noah on the tour will be his best friend Owen Gregory (8) and Noah’s father Neil, who is arguably as excited as his son to see the training suite!

Proud mother Fiona told the Gazette: “Noah did the CPR and we were like ‘wow, you’ve really taken that in! Neil said if you can do it in 35 minutes then the lifeguards he trains should be able to learn in four hours. Noah understands that it could save a life. It’s a pretty great skill.”

It is understood the response from Noah and the Beavers has been appreciated by Heartstart Discovery and the video could be used in training.

Noah said: “I feel excited and I feel that I’ve learned a useful skill. I was taught CPR because it could save a life. I’m looking forward to the trip to Ninewells!”

Ben Shippey, director of the Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation at the University of Dundee, said: “It was great to see Noah’s video over the weekend, learning a skill that saves lives around the world every day: good basic life support started early doubles the chance of a patient surviving. At the University of Dundee we teach basic life support, and other essential healthcare skills, here at the DIHS, and we were really impressed by his technique and attention to detail. If Noah works hard at school, and continues to involve himself in activities that are relevant to healthcare, he has a very good chance of becoming a valuable healthcare professional in the future, if that is what he wishes to do. To encourage him on that pathway, we would be very pleased to show him round some of our facilities, introduce him to our students and let him see how the doctors of the future learn the skills that they need to practice.”