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THE REPTILE SHOW THAT ENDED IN AN EMERGENCY.

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So it’s school holidays and The Mr had the kids last week while I worked. I suggested he take the kids to the reptile show being held at one of the local shopping centres. It was free, something to do and Miss 3 loved it last year (thats her in the photo above, she was 2 in that photo!). Sure why not he thought, not much else to do.

So they pop into my work on their way down to say hi. The kids were that excited. You know how kids get about these things. Mr 5 can’t wait to see the crocodile and Miss 3 wants to hold it again. See? She is nuts this kid.

They leave and make their way down to the shopping centre.

And the show starts.

The reptile man pulls out a blue tongue lizard from one of the many cages for all the kids to see, and the kids in crowd fall silent as they watch in awe. The reptile man begins to tell his captivated audience about his little blue tongue friend when all of a sudden there is a huge commotion in the food court behind the crowd.

A man had gone into cardiac arrest and was on the floor.

The reptile show stops. Everyone is looking at this poor man and his frantic wife.

Now you may or may not know that my Mr is a Paramedic. Not only is he a Paramedic, but he is also level 5 and that is the highest level in NSW Ambulance. He knew he had to go help the man, but with 2 kids and a frantic scene, he didn’t want to put his kids into danger so quietly watched on while a young student nurse started CPR. Before too long a Paramedic arrived on scene. Noticing that there was only one Paramedic, he decided that now was the time he would spring into action.

The Mr asks the reptile man if he would watch the kids for a minute while he goes and helps the man. So while The Mr is saving this mans life, the kids are getting a private viewing of the reptiles. Their very own show! Everyone else is too busy watching the poor man on the floor.

The Mr looks up to check on the kids.

They’re gone! He frantically looks around for them while doing whatever it is his does to save this mans life.

He spots them in the crowd, ice-creams in hand chatting to the security guards. We have no idea who bought them ice creams but we assume it was the security guards. Thanks guys!! And not just your regular old soft serve ice-cream. Oh no. The kids have the works; sprinkles, flakes and little fancy umbrellas!

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When the time comes to transport this guy to hospital, The Mr has to ride in the ambulance with him, so the kids are taken to the hospital in another Ambulance. They are strapped into the seats in the back. They have never ridden in a ambulance before. I imagine they would have been asking for the lights and sirens to be turned on.  Once at the hospital the head ED nurse comes out to get them and takes them to the nurses station where they are given chocolate and their own little tour around the department.

Once the man was handed over to the hospital, they all get a ride back to the shopping centre in the ambulance to get the car.

All three of them bounce back into work. The kids buzzing from a sugar high and all the commotion of the afternoon. The poor Mr is on a adrenaline high because the last thing he expected was for that to happen while at the reptile show.

Kids verdict – THE BEST DAY EVER!!!! Ice-cream, ambulance rides, lizards, sick people and chocolate all in one day! They think its awesome.

Hubbys verdict – I NEED A BEER. STAT!!!!

The man lived and is back home with his family. The man and his family contacted The Mr to thank him for saving his life and it made the local paper. I’m so proud of him, but The Mr is all like “its just what I do.”

Oh and did you notice how adoringly Miss 3 is looking at that snake in the first photo? Its like she is in love with it. *shiver*. And her brother in the background? Looking through his binoculars? Ha!!

Have you ever come across an emergency like that? Have you ever had to perform CPR? Do you know CPR?

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32 Comments

  1. Kaz

    April 17, 2015 at 7:02 am

    That’s sure to make news on the first day back! I thought you were going to say one of the kids was bitten by a snake! How lucky for that man the retile show was in town.

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      It is definitely a story worthy of show and tell!
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  2. shannon@ my2morrows

    April 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Wow. What a story! I bet the kids love telling that one.
    So glad the man was ok. Your huz is a real life super hero! Xx
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      He is isn’t he? It still blows my mind that he actually does save lives. x
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  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts

    April 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Wow! LOL! Geez – what does one say to that?!!
    Life throwing a curve ball hey!
    Glad the kids had a ball with the curve ball anyway!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      The Mr says the kids dealt with it all so well and were so well behaved for everybody. Can’t ask for more than that! x
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  4. Kaz @ Melting Moments

    April 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

    What an adventure. Glad it was a good outcome for all involved 🙂
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      An adventure it was! So pleased there was a happy ending x
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  5. Mumma McD

    April 17, 2015 at 10:38 am

    OMG what an AWESOME day for the kids!! Bet hubby enjoyed that beer 😉
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      The best adventure they could have hoped for!! Hubby enjoyed a few beers that night!
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  6. Mum Of Five Girls

    April 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Oh wow what a day! I bet the kids loved it!! And a big yay for your hubby!!

    I did a basic first aid course a few years back but should go again for an update!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Yes! Definitely go and do an update. Everyone needs to know CPR!
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  7. Sueanne @ Call me Suzie

    April 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Holy good grief – the excitement for your kids! 😀
    I last learnt CPR in high school – and high time for a refresher I know. It’s stories like these that make you realise it could literally be a matter of life or death for the person on the receiving end. I would like to think that in an emergency I would be calm and collected, but I fear that this is far from the truth. We found a car on the side of the road early one morning and the tyre marks into the grass were quite apparent – hubby was fine while we stopped to check, but I was quietly freaking out that the person was injured (or worse) in the car… Turns out she had fallen asleep on dusk, drove off the road, and because her car was so far off the road, nobody could see it in the dark so she had hopped back in and went to sleep for the night!!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      I’ve had one of those moments too – seeing a car off the road crashed into a tree. Thankfully no one was in the car. Refresher courses are so important. I am due for one also!
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  8. Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond

    April 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Oh wow, what a hero, you must be so proud of him!
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  9. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    April 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Thank goodness your husband was there, Fleur! That will definitely be a story for your kids to share, I wonder what they’ll put at the top of the “wow” list 🙂
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      It is definitely one story to remember!
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  10. Babs - patchworkcactus

    April 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I just read that post outloud to hubby and he asked me about a million times, is this a true story? How awesome that your hubby!
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Ha! Its all true, I promise.
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  11. Nicole

    April 17, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Holy Doolies! What a day they had! Glad the poor man was ok!

    Nic x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Nicole! Welcome to Our Urban Box!! It was a afternoon of adrenaline and excitement for sure! x
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  12. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    April 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Oh my gosh, yay for your mister! I wonder how you top that adventure next school holidays?
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      hopefully next school holidays are a lot less eventful!
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  13. Tash @ Gift Grapevine

    April 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Wow – what a day! That’s going to make the next visit to the park seem rather boring. So happy to hear that everything worked out ok. I last learnt CPR before Miss T was born but I know practices can change so it’s probably time I went for a refresher. Bravo to your hubby – hope he got that beer!
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  14. Fleur - Our Urban Box

    April 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Haha! Yep. Everything is going to be compared to that “one time we got a ride in the ambulance” day. The bar has been set and its quite high!
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  15. Shell Parsons

    April 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Good on your hubby for stepping up and helping out, not everyone wants to get involved and I’m so happy that they were able to save his life. I had a similar situation when I was a first year nursing student (almost 30 years ago). I was on a crowded train coming home from uni and I could hear a commotion in the carriage downstairs as we were about to pull into the next station. I saw a man slumped backwards with people around him. I flew down the stairs saying “I’m a first year nursing student” which was code for ‘if anyone else is more experienced let me know and I’ll step away’. There was no room to perform CPR in the narrow aisle so I yelled to someone to get the train stopped at the next station and for someone to call an ambulance. I then got several men to help carry the poor man up the stairs and onto the platform where myself and another man started CPR. In between breaths I asked someone to run carriage to carriage to see if their were any doctors on board. The ambo’s arrived about ten minutes later. It was only then that FOUR doctors wandered over and admitted they were doctors and offered to help. I don’t know why they didn’t step forward sooner, maybe fears of litigation, but they could have clearly seen that I was only young and might have needed some help. Sadly, we were unable to resuscitate the man but at least we tried. I later found working in emergency that without the meds and equipment, it is often hard to bring someone back if the attack is major. I don’t catch trains very often but when I do, and the train goes through that station, I still think about that man. I wonder about his family. I think of them waiting for their dad/husband to come home from work and him never making it there. Life is so precious and so fleeting. We must treasure every magical minute.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Shell, you did a great job. You tried your best and that is all anyone could ask for! Unlike those Doctors who didn’t even come and try to help! What is with that??? Its true though, sometimes CPR isn’t enough, but it is the best thing for them if there is going to be a chance to save them. Everyone should learn CPR x

  16. Bec @ The Plumbette

    April 19, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Omigosh! How wonderful that the kids got looked after while your hubby did what he had to do. So glad the man is ok. X
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      April 19, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I know. They did a great job keeping the kids distracted.

  17. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    April 19, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    OMG I have goosebumps. How freaking awesome is your heroic hubby. I am so happy that man lived to say thank you. Man I am seriously lost for words hun xx
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