Young CPR hero shown the ropes at Dundee University after video success

A seven-year-old has learned new life-saving skills after a video showing his CPR abilities racked up thousands of hits.

Noah Lackenby, and his best friend Owen Gregory, 8, spent a day with staff and students at Dundee University following their online success.

The pair, who are both Carnoustie Beavers, learned first aid skills in the university’s school of medicine.

The Facebook video, posted by Noah’s father Neil, took the internet by storm as it shared his rapid familiarity with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — having only learnt it an hour previously.

The two Beavers, recipients of NHS Tayside’s Heartstart Discovery programme, joined Dr Ben Shippey, director of healthcare simulation at the university to learn the ins-and-outs of techniques which can double the chance of survival rates in causalities.

It takes me 4 hours to teach this to lifeguards. Noah did it in 1 hour at Carnoustie Beavers

Posted by Neil Lackenby on Friday, 10 March 2017

Noah said: “I loved my trip to Ninewells and I feel that I’ve learned a useful skill. I was taught CPR because it could save a life.”

Dr Shippey added: “It was great to see Noah and Owen learning a skill that saves lives around the world every day.

“Good basic life support started early doubles the chance of a patient surviving.

“At Dundee University we teach basic life support, and other essential healthcare skills, here at the DIHS, and we were really impressed by his technique and attention to detail.

“If Noah works hard at school, and continues to involve himself in activities that are relevant to healthcare, he has a very good chance of becoming a valuable healthcare professional in the future, if that is what he wishes to do.”

Those interested in learning CPR and other valuable skills can take part in the free Heartstart Discovery training sessions delivered across Tayside in April.

The lessons are free of charge and no prior medical knowledge is required ahead of the session.

Training workshops can also be arranged on request for groups, organisations and clubs.

For further details and to register, contact Helen Brady on 01382 740400 or email