When college student Niala Ahmed left home, she had no idea her lifesaving training would be put into practice on her way into college.

However, the Solihull College student, who was on her way into college to complete the last day of her first aid course, was suddenly forced to put her hard work to good use when called upon to save the life of a schoolgirl.

Niala was travelling into college on the No73 bus in Bordesley Green earlier this month, when she looked out of the window and noticed a girl standing outside, choking and turning blue.

Despite feeling apprehensive and unsure that she would be able to help, Niala saw the girl collapse on the floor and realised she had to assist.

The 18-year-old, from Bordesley Green, said: “I was really nervous and worried that I would do something wrong, but when I saw the girl turning bright blue and unable to breathe I just tried to remember everything I had learned at college.

“I tilted her head back and removed a gobstopper from her mouth, but she was still not breathing. I then gave her CPR for about three minutes until the ambulance arrived.”

When the ambulance staff arrived they thanked Niala and said how she had helped save the girl’s life.

Niala adds: “I didn’t manage to find out the girl’s name or what school she is at, as I was more worried about getting back on the bus and arriving at college on time. But I hope she is fully recovered now and feeling better.”

Niala is studying the BTEC National Award in Air Cabin Crew and Aviation Operations, which the three-day first aid course is a compulsory part of.

Her course tutor, Ian Boulton, added: “I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of Niala.

“She is an outstanding student who acted calmly and confidently in a very difficult situation. She is a real credit to the college.”

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