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Sue Johnson recognised with Royal Humane Society commendation

12 April, 2018
Sue Johnson receives her award
Sue Johnson and Chief Constable Paul Crowther.

Diagnostic radiographer and SCoR Professional Officer Sue Johnson was commended for her role in saving the life of a member of the public, picking up a commendation at the Royal Humane Society awards.

The ceremony, held at the British Medical Association and hosted by the British Transport Police, recognises individuals who go above and beyond to help and nominees are put forward by senior BTP officers.

Sue was presented with her award by Chief Constable Paul Crowther, after she assisted a woman who suffered a heart attack on a Virgin Trains service between Rugby and Coventry in September 2015. 

The train was brought to a halt and Sue along with two other passengers, Sam Cowling and Dr Helmi Saedon, stepped forward to assist. 

Other passengers had placed the person in the recovery position but she was not breathing. 

Dr Saedon, a trainee transplant surgeon, looked after the patient's airway whilst Sam, a trained lifeguard, and Sue provided chest compressions. The train was carrying an automatic defibrillator, which was brought forward by the guard, and Sue used this as part of the resuscitation procedure. Several shocks were administered and CPR maintained for approximately 20 minutes before the train started moving again. On arrival in Coventry a paramedic team took over the care of the patient, who was taken to hospital and survived after recovering in intensive care. 

The Royal Humane Society Certificate of Commendation was presented to all three in recognition of their services.

Speaking about her experience, Sue said that she was humbled by the recognition, and felt she had done exactly what any other radiographer would.

“Thirty years of annual mandatory training kicked in, although the circumstances on the train felt very different to managing an incident in an x-ray department,” she said.

Sue was on her way from a meeting in London to fly from Birmingham airport and start a holiday in Rome to celebrate her 50th birthday. It’s definitely an occasion that she will not forget!

She added: “It was great to meet up with Helmi and Sam again at the presentation ceremony. 

“Like me, they were amazed to receive this recognition and also like me had attended with their proud families.”

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