Every so often, we find ourselves right where we need to be to change a stranger’s life. Or in the case of Nicholas Jensen, to save one.
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Nicholas is a former stone mason who became a nurse trainee because he wanted to make a difference. He was leaving work at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia one afternoon when he heard a woman screaming for help. Without hesitation, he rushed to her side.
“She was looking for Emergency, but was heading in the wrong direction,” he explained.
Nicholas quickly assessed the situation. A two-year-old toddler was turning blue and foaming at the mouth. He knew right away that the child was critically ill and needed prompt medical attention, so he grabbed her in his arms in the recovery position and ran down the street to the Emergency department.
Video surveillance captured the dramatic rescue as Nicholas ran, her mother hot on his heels.
Once inside, staff pointed the way to a resuscitation room and took over. The child had suffered an atypical febrile convulsion, which are often caused by viral infection or fever. The girl spent two days in the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Nicholas says he feels “great satisfaction” to help this family, adding, “This is why I got into this job, great job satisfaction. It is a meaningful career.”
Judging by his quick reaction, we’d say he chose the right career! Watch the video of Nicholas saving the child below, and don’t forget to share.
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