With reporting by Rebecca Ryan and Rachel D’Arcy
A Ballinteer nurse said she is “honoured and humbled” to have been personally nominated by The Lord Mayor of Dublin for a National Bravery Award for a heroic act this week.
Brave, quick thinking Aoife McGivney (24) jumped to the aid of a bus driver who suffered a heart attack while driving on Monday morning.
Aoife who works in the ear, nose and throat department of the Mater Hospital, was travelling on the 16 bus, when she was alerted something was wrong by fellow passengers after hearing screaming and realising the bus was rolling.
She managed to stop the bus after it rolled through red lights on O’Connell Bridge just after 8am, before leaping to help the unconscious bus driver.
The bus hit a cyclist and went over his bike, but the cyclist is believed to have only suffered minor injuries.
Along with the help of two fellow passengers, Aoife moved the driver onto the pavement, where she performed CPR on him for ten minutes until emergency services arrived at the scene.
Aoife administered a number of cycles of CPR to the man before swapping positions with a passer-by who knew first aid.
Following the incident, she has urged people to learn basic first aid training so that they know how to react in an emergency.
Aoife said she would like to visit the Dublin Bus driver, Martin Christie, in hospital and hopes he makes a speedy recovery.
Mr Christie is currently in the Mater Hospital, where it is understood he is in a stable condition.
Local Minister Shane Ross commended Aoife’s bravery and echoed her encouragement for people to learn first-aid.
“I would like to acknowledge the bravery of Ballinteer local Aoife McGivney. Aoife, a trained nurse, saved a life on Monday morning on her way to work thanks to her training and quick thinking.
“For local CPR training courses, you can consult the Irish Heart Foundation website at www. irishheart.ie, said Minister Ross.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, was so impressed by Aoife that he has personally nominated her for a National Bravery Award.
Aoife told Dublin Gazette she is very honoured and humbled by the gesture. “I haven’t heard from him yet, but even the idea of it, I’m so honoured and humbled by it.
“I can’t believe it and never expected it but I’m so grateful for the support.”
The Lord Mayor of Dublin said: “These are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who carried out a deed of bravery with ‘an effort to save human life involving personal risk’ [and] Aoife certainly fits that criteria.
“When we look at Aoife’s actions where, seeing the driver was ill, she ran to the front of the bus and took the driver’s feet off the bus pedals and stopped the bus, we cannot but see this as an act of bravery and courage.
“The fact that she then moved the driver on to the footpath and carried out CPR before emergency services arrived is equally astounding.
“I hope to meet Aoife soon and drop in to see the driver too.”