A year which almost began with a tragedy has ended up on a well-deserved high for one East Neuk family.
On New Year’s Day, Doreen Scott (76) went into cardiac arrest and collapsed at home in Crail but was saved by daughter Emma’s calm head and quick-thinking.
As a lifeguard at the East Sands Leisure Centre in St Andrews, part of Emma’s job is training others in CPR and using defibrillators and her experience kicked in.
And on Friday, Emma (39) was named First Aid Hero of the Year Award at this year’s Scottish First Aid Awards.
Remembering the day, Emma recalled sending her dad to fetch the public access defibrillator installed near the house by the East Neuk First Responders.
“I knew right away it was serious and then discovered she wasn’t breathing - I was distraught, nothing can prepare you for seeing someone you love slipping away and you know the minutes are ticking away,” Emma said.
“When my dad didn’t come back right away I started thinking something was wrong - it was about 15 minutes but it felt like forever.”
Using CPR and rescue breaths, Emma kept her mother alive until the defibrillator could be used to start her heart beating normally again and allow her to be rushed by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital.
Emma said she was humbled to have been nominated for the award and grateful that her mum was still alive today.