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posted by: LIT FIRST AID AND LIFEGUARD TRAINING on: September 30, 2018

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A cardiac arrest survivor in the UK has been reunited with the brave people who saved his life.

Alan Thompson, aged 61, was cycling through the village of Smisby in Derbyshire with his brother David when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

It was only thanks to the quick response of five people he had never met before – Ian Higginbotham, Laura Redfern, Nicola Abell, Mike Cuming and Tony Louca-Weston – that Alan was able to be saved. Their actions have now been recognised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

 “My brother heard me make a grunting sound immediately before I fell sideways off my bike and into my brother, knocking him to the ground as I fell,” said Alan.

As Alan fell off his bike, Laura and Nicola, who both work at the nearby Smisby Day Nursery, turned into Main Street. After witnessing Alan collapsing, they knew instantly that something major was wrong.

While David called 999, Nicola called her Managing Director, Ian, who raced to the scene and took over CPR from the women. As Laura ran to retrieve a defibrillator, more people came to Alan’s aid. Ian performed chest compressions to Alan while passing motorist Tony carried out rescue breaths.

They had been joined by pilot Mike, who was also assisting with rescue efforts. He used the public access defibrillator, which delivered an electric shock to the heart.

Soon after, crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service arrived at the scene to provide advanced clinical intervention and rushed Alan to hospital. He was admitted to intensive care, where he had two stents fitted. Alan was able to leave hospital five days later and is now recovering well.

But for Alan, the situation would have been very different if it wasn’t for the group of lifesavers: “I know that I am incredibly lucky. I could not have been in a better place nor had a better group of people to hand as my cardiac arrest occurred.

“I shall be eternally grateful to them.”

The group was reunited with Alan and his family at a meal recently. One of the lifesavers, Ian, a former firefighter, said: “Being in the fire service, I had performed CPR a number of times before and sadly, none of those attempts had been successful.

“I would say to anyone who finds themselves in a situation like we did and has had any CPR training, no matter how long ago, to not be afraid to use these skills. Having the bravery to step in and help could save a life, which is exactly what we did. The person you are helping probably has zero percent chance of surviving without your help. Anything you do has to be positive.”

Want to take your heart health one step further? LIT First Aid and Lifeguard Training offer a whole host of CPR training options across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, from Level C & AED for the basic rescuer, to Occupational First Aid courses.
 
 
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