Tina Nunns says her 14-year-old son Dylan helped save her life after she stopped breathing following a severe asthma attack at the weekend.
Tina Nunns says her 14-year-old son Dylan helped save her life after she stopped breathing following a severe asthma attack at the weekend. Craig Warhurst

How my son gave me the kiss of life

MOUTH-to-mouth resuscitation learnt while watching movies helped Dylan Kelly save his mother's life early on Sunday morning.

Tina Nunns credits her 14-year-old son's quick thinking as the reason she is still alive after she collapsed at a party.

While having a few drinks with friends around the kitchen table Ms Nunns suffered a severe asthma attack and had multiple seizures.

She said other people at the gathering panicked, after seeing her fall to the kitchen floor, but Dylan came to her rescue.

After assessing the scene and thinking his mother had stopped breathing, Dylan cleared the froth from her mouth, tilted her head and pinched her nose.

He then breathed into her mouth until ambulance officers arrived.

The James Nash State High School student said he had no first-aid knowledge and the only way he knew how to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was from what he had seen on television.

"I saw it on the movies and stuff," Dylan said.

"I thought she was going to die and I just did the best I could."

Dylan said the Gympie Ambulance was quick to respond and arrived at the home in less than 10 minutes to help him.

Ms Nunns was given adrenaline at the scene by ambulance officers and transported to the Gympie Hospital.

When she arrived at hospital her pulse rate was at 166 beats a minute.

She believes without her son's action she would not have survived and didn't know what had happened until nurses at the hospital told her about Dylan's efforts.

"I am very proud of him," Ms Nunns said.

"I don't know what I can do to pay him back.

"I gave him life and he breathed life back into me."

The last time Ms Nunns had a major asthma attack was 10 years ago and this one caught her by surprise.

Over the past couple of weeks she had been feeling a little bit "off colour" and she hadn't been taking asthma medication.

She is now back on her medication and has a lot to live for.

"Dylan is a hero," she said.

"He just doesn't realise it."

Ms Nunns also thanked the Gympie ambulance officers who treated her at the scene.

Gympie Times


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