A father who saved his baby son's life using recently-acquired CPR skills is urging others to learn first aid.

Alec Brown, 29, took part in a first aid workshop in January.

Weeks later he put his skills into action when his eight-month-old son Ruaridh stopped breathing at the family home on the Hebridean island of Mull.

As Ruraidh turned blue, Mr Brown called an ambulance and carried out CPR. After a short time the baby was sick and started to cry.

Ruraidh is thought to have become ill because of a viral infection.

Mr Brown, a member of Tobermory RNLI's lifeboat crew, said: "We're just an ordinary family, living an ordinary life. You hear about these types of stories in the news but you never expect it to happen to you.

"I wanted to attend the first aid training session because I had a young family and because living on an island means that emergency medical support can take a bit longer to arrive than on the mainland. I am so glad that I did.

"When Ruaridh stopped breathing, I went into autopilot and remembered what I had been taught. I checked if he was choking and then checked his airway before beginning CPR. It felt like half an hour before he started breathing again but I suspect it was only a minute.

"I'm just so glad I made the effort to go to the demonstration.

"The ambulance arrived after 20 minutes but had I not known what to do, the ending could have been very different."

After the incident Ruaridh was airlifted from Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. He spent three days there, with doctors concluding the episode may have been caused by a viral infection.

Mr Brown, who lives in Tobermory with wife Kayleigh, 26, Ruaridh and Callum, three, is urging other people to learn first aid skills.

He said: "I can't recommend strongly enough that people take the time to learn how to do even basic first aid.  It could literally be the difference between life and death.

"We're doing OK. It has definitely shaken us but we're just so happy to still have Ruaridh with us and he's doing well."

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