March 30, 2009

Positivity: Teenager who fell unconscious in bath is saved by twin sister’s ‘sixth sense’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Atherton, in the UK:

Last updated at 10:16 PM on 23rd March 2009

It is common for twins to tell stories that suggest they share a bond so close it is almost telepathic.

But not many can say their apparent sixth sense helped them save their sibling’s life.

When Gemma Houghton got a feeling that her sister Leanne was in trouble she burst in on the 15-year-old and found her unconscious underwater in the bath.

She dragged her out and managed to revive her using skills she picked up on a first-aid course.

Yesterday Gemma told of how she feels dizzy when her epileptic twin sister suffers a fit.

She believes this subconscious link let her know that Leanne was in danger.

‘I just got this feeling to check on her,’ said Gemma. ‘I went up to the bathroom and she was under the water. At first I thought she was washing her hair or playing a trick.

‘But when I lifted her head out of the water she had turned blue. I knew she had had a fit.’

After Gemma hauled her sister out of the water – ‘She weighed a ton’ – she called an ambulance and, remembering her first-aid training, began trying to resuscitate Leanne.

‘She started making some horrible noises, like a truck, and I knew she was coming round,’ she said.

‘Then she said she was going to be sick.’

Paramedic Steve Pearson said that by the time he arrived at the girls’ mother’s home in Atherton, near Wigan, Leanne was returning to consciousness after her sister had given her chest compressions.

‘It’s quite simple,’ he said. ‘If Gemma hadn’t been there, Leanne would have died. She did an excellent job.’ …..

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