What it Really Means to Save a Life

This week we received an email which we think everyone should read.

The author of the email below has asked me to share her story in order that more people get trained in the core skills that can really make a difference;

From: (Address withheld)
Sent: 07 November 2016 08:34
To: LFL Global Risk [info@lflglobalrisk.com]
Subject: “My training with you have saved a boy’s life last Saturday, 5 November 2016.

Message Body:
Dear LFL Global Risk Team,

Please forward this message to Lloyd Figgins.

Dear Lloyd,

I hope  this message reach you and finds you well. And I hope you still remember me. I’m (name withheld), one of your “Wilderness First Aid Training” participant in Palembang, South Sumatra, September 2016 in Indonesia.

I wanted to say thank you very much for the skill you taught me at the training. I clearly remember what you’ve said at the end of the training, more or less like, “I hope you guys won’t encounter the chance to practice these skills in real life, but if you do, you know what to do.”

Last Saturday, 5 November 2016, I was taking my 3 boys to a hotel in Sentul, West Java. The hotel have a nice pool area and we swam a lot there.
Nearly at our check-out time, we decided to go around on bikes, when I heard people screaming from the pool area. A boy had drowned. I didn’t rush toward the crowd, but I saw a man carrying a boy, probably around 9 year old. The man bent the boy and plank the boy’s back as if he was choking. I thought he was, but I could see that the boy’s skin had turned a bit blue, so I rushed and I asked the man to lay the boy down. I cleared the boy’s airways, checked his breath. None. I immediately did CPR, the boy finally coughed after the third round; water and vomit came out of his mouth and nose. He finally breath, but heavily. He didn’t response, but I have a strong hunch that he’d be OK so I asked the hotel guys to take him to hospital. Latter, I got the news that the boy was taken to the ER but is OK.

Right after “the rescue”, I felt a bit shocked. So was my 3 boys who saw it all. It was terrifying indeed. I feel like I can still smell the boy’s vomit and I even dreamed about the boy last night. I don’t know if I’m being traumatized or not.. but I couldn’t get the fear out of my head. I hope this will only stay temporarily. My boys are all OK and they kept telling how cool I was during the rescue, and asked whether the boy is alright.

I just wanted to share my breathtaking story to you (well, you might have experienced many more worse than mine) , to express how grateful I am for the skills you taught me. I hope you can teach as many people as possible of these useful skills, and may God bless you and all the LFL Global Risk team.

Warm Regards,


It’s emotional stuff and demonstrates not only the importance of getting the right training, but also the need to be confident in using those skills. In this case a young boy’s life was saved because the responder was confident and competent in administering the basics of 1st Aid. ABC. Airway, breathing, circulation.

Please share this message with as many of your connections as possible, in the hope that more people will get trained and have the confidence to intervene when someone’s life is in danger.

Lloyd Figgins is the Founder & CEO of LFL Global Risk Mitigation.