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Seven-year-old performs CPR on mum after learning it on YouTube

Jessica and her mum becky. Credit: ITV News

A seven-year-old girl saved her mum's life when she gave her CPR, which she had learned from watching YouTube videos.

Jessica Kinder was watching a film when her mum, Becky, had a seizure and collapsed.

She threw some water on her face to try and 'wake her up', before administering the life-saving procedure.

Jessica then rang 999 after realising that she didn't need to unlock her mum's phone to do so.

Becky was taken to hospital, where she later discovered she had epilepsy.

She said: "The first thing I can remember them [the paramedics] saying was your daughter is amazing, she has been an absolute superstar."

The basics of giving CPR to adults are:

  • Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person's chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  • Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  • Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) on their chest.
  • Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.
  • Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times a minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.

If you are administering CPR to a child you should use just one hand and if you are trying to save an infant you should only use two fingers.

The full details of how to administer CPR can be found on the NHS website.

Watch Matt O'Donghue's report here: