On Monday, Jada, an APC student was on a train heading to the college for her first workshop when she encountered a serious incident. In an interview with APC staff member, Lucy, Jada recalled the event.
“It happened on the Monday that just passed. I was on the train heading here for my first workshop and I was just minding my own business with my headphones in, and I just saw someone on the ground. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Jada, do something!’,” Jada said.
When she saw a man on the floor seizing, Jada immediately sprang into action. “Right away out of the corner of my eye I saw everyone crowding around one person… my concern was if he had hit his head or whether this is a known seizure to him or if he had known epilepsy or anything like that… So my head was just like go to him and make sure that he’s okay at least and get someone to call the paramedics,” she added.
With the knowledge she’s learnt from APC paramedic courses, Jada was able to assess the man’s condition and found that he had a known issue of epilepsy for over 20 years, but had not taken his medication that day, which likely caused the seizure. She stayed with the man until the paramedics arrived and gave them a rundown of what had happened.
Despite the stressful situation, Jada’s actions have solidified her desire to pursue a career in the field of paramedics. “Actually being there in the moment and having something serious happen to me and my brain just switching into a completely different mode afterwards, it made me realise that this is what I want to do for my entire life until I have to retire,” she said.
APC was so impressed by Jada’s bravery and quick thinking that they presented her with a handwritten card and a gift voucher to thank her for her actions.
When asked what she would say to someone who is considering a career change, Jada stated, “if you have a passion for something, just go for it. It’s never too late to change your career pathway.”
In conclusion, Jada’s response to the incident on the train serves as a testament to the bravery and quick thinking that is possible when following one’s passion.