Student to get award after saving life of party-goer with his first aid skills

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STUDENT George Johns is to be honoured after helping a diabetic teenager in his hour of need.

The 16-year-old, who attends South Downs College in Waterlooville, used skills he had picked up during Red Cross training on his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

He went into action immediately on hearing someone had collapsed at a party he was enjoying.

A friend told George the semi-conscious teenager was diabetic and had a diabetes testing kit in his bag.

Thanks to his Red Cross training, George knew how to use it.

George, of Borough Road, Petersfield, said: ‘He had supplements in his bag and needed to eat one, but because he was drunk he didn’t really respond and didn’t want to take them. It was really difficult.

‘We tried everything, even making up some sugar water and helping him to drink it, but that didn’t seem to work either.’

As the teenager’s condition made no improvement, George placed him in the recovery position and asked his friend’s mother to call the emergency services.

The teenager went on to make a full recovery and thanked George on Facebook for saving his life.

George’s quick actions earned him recognition from The Red Cross Youth and Schools Team in Hampshire, which will present him with a certificate.