Bulletin #80 - Poorly Trained UK lifeguard 'left girl to die'     


Poorly trained UK lifeguard 'left girl to die'

 
A poorly trained British lifeguard stopped performing CPR on a dying teenager because she thought she had saved her life, according to reports.

Sophie Konderak, 16, lost consciousness after she suffered a cardiac arrest while training at a swimming pool last September in Braunstone, England.

The swimmer was dragged to the poolside where lifeguard Katy Butler began mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions, the Daily Mail reports.

An inquest into the teen's death found that Ms Butler performed CPR until she thought Ms Konderak was breathing again but failed to check for a pulse to make sure her heart had restarted.

Thinking she had saved her life, Ms Butler unwittingly left Ms Konderak to die on the floor, the inquest in Leicester heard.

Lifeguards at the Braunstone Leisure Centre reportedly expressed confusion when paramedics arrived four minutes later and attempted to save Ms Konderak's life.

The inquest heard that a lifeguard at the facility asked one of the paramedics: "Why are you doing CPR? She's alive."

Ms Konderak was pronounced dead upon arrival at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Konderaks mother broke down in tears at the inquest.

"It's my child's life, why didn't anybody do anything. How could you just leave her lying there?" the 46-year-old was quoted as saying.

"She would have survived."

Ms Konderak's cardiac arrest was caused by an undetected heart condition which caused fatty tissues to build up in her right ventricle.

The case has sparked calls for changes to resuscitation training in the UK.

Ms Butler told the inquest "if a person is breathing we're told to stop CPR and put them into the recovery position".

Leicester and South Leicestershire coroner Catherine Mason said she will request that the Resuscitation Council of the UK amend its CPR training guidelines.

"Basic life support was given but not continued. This decision was made in accordance with training," Ms Mason said.

"Had continual CPR been given, earlier defibrillation could have been administered and on the balance of probabilities she could have survived."

            
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