WELL DONE: Reece Plant-Bates, 13, (left) and Connor Plant-Bates, 14, were praised by Buderim advanced care paramedics Keith Taylor and Madison Grantham for going to the aid of a collapsed woman.
WELL DONE: Reece Plant-Bates, 13, (left) and Connor Plant-Bates, 14, were praised by Buderim advanced care paramedics Keith Taylor and Madison Grantham for going to the aid of a collapsed woman. Iain Curry

Young teens praised for saving diabetic woman's life

NOT many 13 or 14-year-olds can claim they've saved a life.

But brothers Connor and Reece Plant-Bates aren't just any teenage lads.

The cool-headed pair came to the aid of a Maroochydore woman last Sunday, after she collapsed in her yard suffering from a diabetic episode.

While her condition was deteriorating, the pair combined to ensure the woman's safety, their afternoon fishing expedition on Maroochy River quickly forgotten as their instincts kicked in.

"Me and my sister were just fishing down on the river and my brother came running down saying 'a woman's struggling and she needs help'," Connor, 14, recalled.

"So I go 'okay', and we ran up the street and we see her (the victim) there, she was kind of screaming and wriggling around and she tried to lift herself up ... and I thought 'okay, I've got to go over and help her', so I hopped over the fence and she tried to lift herself up again but this time she fell."

Quick-thinking Connor, who dreamt of one day becoming a vet, made sure padding was placed under the head of the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, and checked to see if she was in any pain.

"At the beginning I was kind of panicking and a little scared because I didn't really understand the situation," he said.

Meanwhile, Connor's brother, Reece, 13, was off up the street to get his father, Alan Bates, a registered nurse, to assist the woman.

"I was the runner," Reece said.

"I was scared and a bit worried.

"I feel honoured (to have been able to help the woman)."

The duo's quick response was acknowledged at Buderim Ambulance Station yesterday, where the boys, joined by proud father Alan, were given certificates of appreciation from the Queensland Ambulance Service for their help.

Responding advanced care paramedics on the day, Keith Taylor and Madison Grantham praised the brothers, students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College.

"They were cool and level-headed, she did start to deteriorate and it can be quite confronting seeing someone who's having a hypoglycemic episode," Ms Grantham said.

"They kept reassuring her with me and they helped me keep her calm."



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