HEROINE Natasha Page (right) with Barnes Lodge Manager Nicky Petts

A CARE worker in Tonbridge has helped to save the life of a baby while she was waiting in the queue to pay at a shop till.

Natasha Page, who works at Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tudeley Lane, resuscitated the child after she had stopped breathing.

“I was joining the queue in Primark in Maidstone with my daughter when a lady in front of me stopped,” recalled Natasha.

“She told me to pass her as she was seeing to her baby, I continued to the queue and thought nothing more of it.

The child was around three months old. Natasha added: “Whilst I was paying for my items, my 22-year-old daughter looked back and noticed the lady was having difficulty.

‘I didn’t have time to think at all, I just rushed to the lady and took over’

“She told me the baby had gone floppy and wasn’t breathing. I didn’t have time to think at all, I just rushed to the lady and took over, shouting for someone to call an ambulance.”

“It can’t have been any longer than a couple of minutes but it was such a relief when she started crying, I put her in the recovery position and the ambulance crew took over once they arrived.”

Natasha, who has been a carer at Barnes Lodge since it opened in October 2016, has previously worked with children and undertaken a baby and child first aid course. But she had never had any need to use them over the previous 25 years.

She managed to contact the baby’s mother through commenting on a news article on Facebook, so she was able to thank her for her quick thinking and saving her baby’s life.