Hero mechanic kept heart attack victim alive for 30 minutes using compressions

A hero car mechanic kept a heart attack victim alive for over half an hour using chest compressions, despite having no training.

John Andrew, 78, had gone to David Spooner’s MOT centre after a recommendation from a friend.

He said: “I don’t really know what happened. I know I was going down to book an MOT and I must have just got out there and collapsed straight away.

“I found out afterwards that David gave me compressions for half an hour until the paramedics arrived. So he must have saved my life.”

John, of Mylor Bridge, Cornwall, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, where he had triple bypass surgery.

Garage owner David, of Longdowns, said: “I called 999 and told the operator he wasn’t breathing.

“She stayed on the phone and kept me calm while I did resuscitation. I’d never done it before. He stopped breathing three or four times and I pumped his chest and he started again.”

David added: “The ambulance turned up about 25 mins later.

“They defibrillated him three times before he was stable.”

When John was fully recovered and returned to the garage, David said: “I didn’t recognise John when I saw him.

“He was lost for words and so was I. He said he just wanted to thank me.”

John’s wife Jacqui added: "I don't know how to put it into words really, it was so wonderful of him to work so hard and I think it was quite stressful for him.

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"The first I knew of it was when the hospital rang me to say he'd been taken in, so I didn't hear the full story until later on.

"We are very very grateful to him.

"It's thanks to him that my lovely husband is still here.

"We can't put into words how we feel and how grateful we are to him really for saving my husband's life."

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