Belmont, Perth,

First aid saves boy from lifelong scarring

William Kee of Furnissdale was nearly two years old when he suffered severe burns from a household accident.

His mother, Clare Craggs, had recently completed a first aid course and knew what to do in an emergency.

“When my son was 23 months old he was badly burned by a cup of coffee,” Clare said.

“Following my first aid training, I responded quickly and stripped all his clothes and put him in a cold shower for 20 minutes before taking him to hospital.”

Once in hospital, William was cared for by renowned burns specialist Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood.

In just four months of treatment, he had no visible scars. If it had not been for his mother’s quick thinking, the outcome could have been far worse.

“Fiona Wood told me that if I had not administered first aid, William could have been scarred for life,” Clare said.

Winthrop Professor Wood said: “Twenty minutes of cool clear running water reduces the impact of burn injury in children by 80 per cent, so this first aid message is fundamental not just for parents of children but all members of the community.”

St John Ambulance WA, the state’s leading first aid training, wants to make first aid a part of everyone’s life.

St John First Aid Services and Training General Manager Jane Mahon said: “Providing first aid in a medical emergency can have a huge impact and support the efforts of paramedics and doctors, as we saw with William.”

In 2013/14, St John trained 220,748 people in first aid, including more than 100,000 WA schoolchildren through the First Aid Focus program.

St John has recently launched a tiny tots first aid kit which contains useful items to help parents monitor temperatures, treat minor scratches and to manage unexpected accidents.

For information about first aid training or the tiny tots first aid kit, contact 1300 STJOHN or visit