Meet the very brave Irish teen, Eimear Morrin a 16-year-old girl from Ballinrobe, who used the skills she learned from her Order of Malta training to actually save her own mother’s life.
This is one of the most inspirational stories we’ve heard in so long and we thought it needed to be shared.
So, what is the Order of Malta you may ask? Well, every year lots of young Irish people between the ages of 10 to 16 joins this voluntary organisation as Cadets.
What these Cadets do is become actively involved in the community and help vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities etc. They also are trained in basic life-saving skills like First Aid, CPR and Home Nursing.
Skills that are extremely useful in everyday lives, as Eimear can now most definitely confirm.
Eimear explains what had happened that tragic day; she and her mother were at home and came downstairs to discover her mother lying unconscious in the kitchen. She’d had a brain aneurysm and wasn’t in a good way but, thanks to her daughter’s quick thinking, she survived.
“I knew straight away to open her airways and checked her pulse and we were able to perform CPR, which I had learned through the training”, she explains. “Never underestimate the value of getting the Order of Malta.”
She is just one of the hundreds of Cadets who have gained incredible skills that really do apply to real life. She has now become a sort of mascot for the Order of Malta. Her story has been entered into a competition called the ‘Better Together’ video awards in the hopes of raising awareness about what the organisation does and encouraging more young people to follow in her footsteps.
If you are interested in the Order of Malta you can have a look for further information on their website here.