Off-Duty Nurse Recognised For Life-Saving Efforts

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: Tallimba Registered Nurse, Louise McCabe receives her NSW Community Services Award from Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke.

A Registered Nurse was among the first responders when a player suffered a critical injury during a rugby union fixture between Boorowa Goldies and West Wyalong Redbacks on Saturday, April 9.

Tallimba nurse, Louise McCabe was presented with a NSW Government Community Service Award in recognition of her efforts in response to a challenging medical emergency after providing CPR immediately following the incident and, ultimately, saving the player’s life.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, congratulated Ms McCabe and presented her with an official award recognising her heroic actions.

“It is an honour to recognise Louise, having gone above and beyond what would reasonably be expected of her as she went about her business that day,” Ms Cooke said.

“Moreover, Louise has taken this difficult situation as an opportunity to spread the importance of first aid.”

“This is an invaluable message to promote because how we respond can make all the difference to someone experiencing a medical emergency.”

While speaking with Ms Cooke, Ms McCabe said it was one thing to use your medical training in a work environment but another when off-duty, in the middle of a rugby field.

“This is beyond anything I could imagine, saving someone’s life with CPR,” Ms McCabe said.

“It was a team effort and I feel privileged that I was there at the right time to assist with the skills I have as a nurse.”

The NSW Government Community Service Award recognises individuals in the State who have substantially helped to improve the quality of life of members of their community.

KP Carmody

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