Two Edgware Cub Scouts became local heroes during the summer of 2017. Having learnt vital life saving skills as part of their Beaver Scout and Cub Scout first aid training at 2nd Edgware Scout Group, they then saved the life of their 80 year old grandmother after she collapsed at home.
Daniel Zahid, aged 9, and his 7 year old sister Sabrina, were being looked after at home by their grandmother on the last day of the school term, when she suddenly collapsed and sustained a head injury as she hit the floor. Daniel and Sabrina found her unconscious and were unable to rouse her. They had been taught to put the casualty into the recovery position and they kept checking that she had an airway and was breathing, a vital act as she had sustained an injury to her windpipe. Whilst Sabrina was caring for her grandmother, Daniel went in search of a phone to contact the emergency services. He realised that as there was no mobile phone in the house, he needed to find the land line, which had been stored in the back of a cupboard. The phone socket was situated above the front door, so he placed a chair by the door, climbed up, plugged the phone in, waited for a dialling tone and phoned 999. The ambulance control centre later praised him for his calmness and maturity in relaying the correct information. Daniel then returned to Sabrina so that she could go downstairs and direct the ambulance crew to where was grandmother was still lying unconscious. The ambulance rushed her to Barnet General Hospital where she subsequently made a good recovery.
Daniel said “I was confident having been taught what to do when there is an emergency, and that I was able to help to save lives”.
Sabrina said “I am very proud at what we did. We learn so much at Cubs and we also have great fun and go camping”.
Their grandmother, Waheeda, said “I love my two grandchildren very much. They saved my life”.
This story captured the attention of national journalists and broadcasters as the brother and sister have appeared on CBBC Newsround and were featured in the Sunday Express. They also met up with and told their story to Prince Harry.
At the annual Queen’s Scout gathering at Windsor Castle in 2018 they met Chief Scout Bear Grylls and were presented with The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.