Training course bid after dad saves poorly baby’s life

Photo Ian Robinson'Baby Anthony Rushe who has an extremely rare condition Krabbe Disease which only affects one in 100,000 and it means he will gradually degenerate in the space of a year and lose the ability to hear, see, swallow, see and eventually breathe, pictured with his parents, Jenna Bannon and Tony Rushe
Photo Ian Robinson'Baby Anthony Rushe who has an extremely rare condition Krabbe Disease which only affects one in 100,000 and it means he will gradually degenerate in the space of a year and lose the ability to hear, see, swallow, see and eventually breathe, pictured with his parents, Jenna Bannon and Tony Rushe
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THE parents of a baby battling a rare condition are putting on a CPR training course to help people who find themselves in a similar position to the one they were in recently.

As previously reported by the Evening Post baby Anthony Rushe, who is 11 months old has a rare condition called Krabbe Disorder, which only affects one in 100,000 babies.

The cruel disease means Anthony’s condition has deteriorated rapidly in a few short months.

Three weeks ago his parents Tony Rushe and Jenna Bannon, from Ashton, Preston, feared for the worst when the tot had a ‘massive cardiac arrest’.

Tony performed CPR and saved Anthony’s life.

Now with the help of Anthony’s portage worker they are to run a first aid and CPR training course for adults to learn on babies and children. Jenna said: “Because Tony did the CPR Anthony survived. This training will help other people so if anyone else is in our situation or similar they will know how to save lives. People don’t always know what to do, they panic and wait for the paramedics. If they know about CPR and know what to do in that situation, they might still panic, but instinct could kick in and the CPR could change everything.”

The class runs on Tuesday at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Blackpool Road, Preston. It runs from 7pm until 9pm.

It costs £5 and proceeds will go to Derian House. Anthony is currently at home and mum Jenna said he is having good days and bad days.

• The family recently launched a petition calling for the number of diseases screened for during the heel prick test to be raised. Visit: you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-babies-through-screening