Kitten Is Rescued From Burning Home and Revived With Oxygen November 05 2014
Paramedic Kim Saunders and Smokey, the kitten she revived at the scene of a house fire.
Smokey the kitten appeared to be lifeless when a firefighter brought him out from his burning home in Nowra, NSW Australia last Friday night. Paramedic Kim Saunders brought him back with an oxygen mask.
Paramedic Saunders, of NSW Ambulance, used an oxygen mask meant for a baby on the six week old kitten after a firefighter searching the house heard distress sounds and found him lying under a bed. The kitten lost consciousness and went limp due to smoke inhalation by the time he was brought outside.
“The fire officer gave the kitten some rescue breaths before signalling to us and placing the kitten on the ground. He then ran back into the building,” Paramedic Saunders is quoted saying in The South Coast Register.
“At first, we didn’t know what to do. I thought, ‘I’ll give it some oxygen and see what happens’.
“So we put on a paediatric mask with some oxygen, dried the kitten off and wrapped him up.
“After about 15 minutes he came to and actually started purring.
“At one stage his head popped off the mask but he put it back in so he must have been enjoying it.”
“We took the kitten over to [homeowner Marianne Hense, when she arrived home to find her kitten had been rescued from the fire]. You could still feel it purring through the towel. She gave it a little kiss,” Paramedic Saunders said.
Paramedic Saunders told Ben Fordham in the radio interview we link to below that her paramedic training did not prepare her to treat animals on the job, but she has learned from her sister, who is a trained veterinary nurse.
“I don’t care about anything inside the house, only that my cats were safe” Mrs Hense told the Daily Telegraph.
NSW Ambulance paramedic Kim Saunders with Smoky on Friday, after he was rescued from a house fire in Nowra and resuscitated.
This lucky kitten is resuscitated by ASNW paramedics after being rescued from house fire