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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Award for bus driver's first aid
Zoe Price with the plaque
Ms Price has had basic first aid training
A care worker who saved a bus driver after he had a heart attack at the wheel has been give an award by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Zoe Price, 22, from Aberdare, went to help Colin James, 51, who collapsed as he drove his bus in the town.

She dialled 999 after Mr James collapsed and helped give him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and managed to get Mr James breathing.

Ms Price said she had picked up her first aid tips from television.

"I was just sitting there talking to my colleague Paul," she said. "Then suddenly we felt a thud and saw the driver was unconscious - his head was sort of hanging to the side."

Ms Price and an off-duty nurse laid Mr James on the floor of the coach and began resuscitation.

One day I am hoping I will get on a bus and see him driving it again.
Zoe Price

She said although as well as her basic first aid training, she had seen CPR done on television and was able to take over when the nurse became tired.

"I had seen it on GMTV not long before and I just followed what they did.

"I would like to put it across to people that it's important to have these skills. I didn't really think about it, I just did it."

She continued giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Aberdare paramedic supervisor Nigel Phillips was on the scene in a Rapid Response Vehicle, along with an ambulance, within eight minutes.

Chain of survival

"This young lady should be very proud, she has done a great job," he said.

"It's all part of the chain of survival. We were there quickly but the fact that Zoe was able to start CPR so soon has given Mr James a much better chance of survival.

"If CPR had not already started we could have been fighting a losing battle but Zoe has done brilliantly."

Ms Price said the experience had made her determined to pursue a career in nursing.

She added: "One day I am hoping I will get on a bus and see him driving it again.

"My partner, Matthew, was impressed too. He told me 'Shows I picked the right girl'."

The plaque was presented to Ms Price at Aberdare ambulance station.

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