'We thought she died, but we could save her': Constable Naveena's CPR saves woman at Gymkhana stampede

Constable Naveena said as there were more women in the front lines when the gates opened, women were the first to be injured.

By Nimisha S Pradeep  Published on  22 Sep 2022 2:23 PM GMT
We thought she died, but we could save her: Constable Naveenas CPR saves woman at Gymkhana stampede

Hyderabad: A female police officer's timely intervention saved the life of a woman at the stampede in Gymkhana Grounds on Thursday. Constable Naveena from Begumpeta Police Station saved a woman by giving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The woman had fallen on the ground during the stampede at the Gymkhana Grounds where tickets for the upcoming India-Australia T20 match were being sold.

Constable Naveena said they were unable to control the situation as they were hurt too. She said a majority of the people were injured. Handling anyone injured or saving a person during an emergency is taught during our training. When I saw the woman in such a state, I immediately thought CPR might help.

According to the constable, the woman fell down and there were 50 people on her. "I tried CPR for 2-5 minutes, but I was scared when she did not respond," she said. "We immediately cleared the scene. We thought she had died but fortunately, we could save her," the constable added.

Constable Naveena said as there were more women in the front lines when the gates opened, women were the first to be injured. Several people, including the police, were injured in the resultant rush and stampede.

Since Thursday morning, cricket fans had been standing in long queues to get tickets for the India-Australia match that is happening in the city after three years. The much-awaited match will be held on 25 September at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

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