By Melissa Sheil
A TEENAGER who saved a newborn baby while working at her job in Ellenbrook was awarded for her courage last week in the 2021 Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards.
Eighteen-year-old Georgia Day received a Gold Star Bravery Award for her quick action performing life-saving first aid on a six-week-old baby when she was working at Woolworths early this year.
Georgia, who was then 17, was working in the produce department when she saw a customer’s baby choking, his face changing colour as he struggled to breathe.
Having recently completed her first aid training, Georgia rushed to action and removed the obstruction from the baby’s throat, calmed the mother down and sent her to seek medical advice.
“It was a lot of mixed emotions at the time,” she said.
“Scared and frightened mostly, but luckily instinct kicked in and allowed me to remain calm and collected.
“It was quite overwhelming to receive this award as you don’t do something like that for the accolades, you do it because it’s an emergency situation.
“It’s such an important award and it is something very special to me – I’m still speechless.”
The incident happened in February when the state was in the middle of a COVID-19 lockdown and when the store had just reopened following a two-day closure due to threat from the nearby Wooroloo bushfire.
At the ceremony on October 8, Royal Life Saving WA’s chief executive Peter Leaversuch said each award recipient displayed exceptional courage, empathy, and initiative.
“These individuals are an excellent example to all Western Australians and show how vitally important it is to obtain lifesaving skills,” he said.
“They’ve applied their skills to save another’s life, showing bravery and commitment to doing so and deserve our highest recognition.”