Hero dad up for award after saving baby’s life

David Walkden, with wife Lorna,son Dougie and baby Elsa
David Walkden, with wife Lorna,son Dougie and baby Elsa
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NEw father David Walkden has more reason than most to be proud.

Not only does he have a beatiful baby daughter, but he saved her life and is now in the running for a dad-of-the-year award.

David, aged 37, was called into action when Elsa was found blue in her cot the day after she came home from hospital.

Guided by emergency services over the phone, he gave Elsa mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until Elsa began to cry.

Grateful wife Lorna, 33, of Longford Drive, Bradway, said: “When I found Elsa wasn’t breathing I went to pieces.

“I found her blue in her Moses basket, so I immediately checked her mouth and started slapping her back thinking something was stuck. I screamed for David and he came running.

“He starting slapping her back too.

“This wasn’t making any difference so he lay her on the floor and started doing chest compressions while I rang an ambulance.

”David did everything that he should have calmly. He gave her four rounds of mouth-to-mouth and she was breathing again.

“When Elsa started to cry it was the best sound in the world.”

Elsa, now seven months old, stopped breathing as she had fluid on her lungs that newborns usually expel after birth.

Lorna secretly nominated David for the dad of the year contest in Practical Parenting Magazine as a thank you and he is in the final three.

David said: “I’m touched to have been nominated. I don’t think I have done anything any other father wouldn’t. I’m just grateful it was a happy ending to a very traumatic experience.”

To vote for David, visit www.madeformums.com/competitions by Wednesday, April 11.