A HALSALL man has praised ambulance crews and his quick-thinking wife for saving his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
In March this year, Simon Tinsley became seriously unwell.
His wife Claudine called 999 and was helped by an emergency call handler, who advised her to ensure Simon’s airways were clear and to keep him responsive.
A paramedic called Gordon from North West Ambulance Service arrived shortly after as Simon’s condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.
Gordon told Claudine to give CPR while he set up the defibrillator and ventilation.
Claudine also had to console their distressed 14-year-old daughter, Izzy. After the first shock, Simon regained a regular heart rhythm and consciousness and was taken to Broadgreen Hospital where he had an internal defibrillator fitted.
Simon said: “I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Gordon. Some people may say he was just doing his job, but as an ex-emergency worker myself, his effort and professionalism was very much appreciated.
“My wife has no formal medical training. She gave me effective CPR whilst also trying to reassure our daughter.
“I’m really keen to help share the message that knowing CPR is a skill we all should have; I am living proof that early intervention saves lives.”