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Nursing student saves child’s life while on holiday

Rachel Rose acted fast and performed CPR on five-year-old Kylie Ann Stewart 

Rachel Rose acted fast and performed CPR on five-year-old Kylie Ann Stewart 


Nursing student Rachel Rose

A nursing student who saved a child’s life while holidaying in Spain has been hailed as ‘an inspiration’ to her peers.

Rachel Rose, a first-year adult nursing student at the University of Sunderland, acted quickly after hearing the mother of five-year-old Kylie Ann Stewart screaming for help.

Ms Rose carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Kylie Ann after she lost consciousness at a resort in Alcúdia, Majorca.  

Ms Rose had only received CPR training a few weeks before the incident took place.

Determined effort

‘For four minutes I kept going but there was nothing, no signs of life at all,’ Ms Rose said.

‘But all the training had told us to keep going, so that’s what I did.

‘She was just about breathing, then she started moving her eyes a little.’

Cause of the incident

Kylie Ann was taken to a nearby hospital, where she remained for 13 days.

She was found to have contracted E. coli, which caused her kidneys to shut down and had led her to lose consciousness.

Following initial treatment, Kylie Ann was transferred to a hospital in her home country of Ireland and placed on dialysis for a further 10 days.

Ms Rose did not know if the young girl she treated had survived until she discovered that Kylie Ann’s mother had been searching for her on Facebook.


Kylie Ann Stewart with her mother Catherine

Catherine Stewart said she wanted Ms Rose to know how grateful she and her family were.

‘She did what no one else was able to do and because of that she saved Kylie Ann,’ Ms Stewart said.

Setting an example 

University of Sunderland team leader for undergraduate nursing Simone Bedford said Ms Rose’s actions were an inspiration to her fellow students.

‘She has clearly demonstrated the 6C’s of nursing: care, compassion, competence, commitment, communication and, most importantly, courage.’


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