A life-saving piece of equipment has been delivered to Normans Bay at the site where a pensioner collapsed and was brought back to life by two quick-thinking men.
Jim Allwright collapsed outside the shop at Normans Bay Caravan Park and luckily was spotted by John Thornley. Mr Thornley had been locking up the shop and saw the great-grandfather - who had gone into cardiac arrest - fall to the ground. He called out to Mick Mortlock who lives in a house next to the site and the pair took it in turns to carry out chest compressions on Mr Allwright. The 71-year-old, who owns a caravan on the site, died four times while the brave duo battled to save him. Emergency services raced to the scene and tended to him and he was then taken to the DGH.
Following the incident on March 28, Mr Mortlock, treasurer of Normans Bay Residents’ Association, said the group was looking at the possibility of buying a defibrillator for the village. Now it has been supported by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and the British Heart Foundation for one to be installed and last Friday residents were delighted to see it in place. The machine helps to give the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest.
Tim Fellows, a paramedic and a clinical operations manager for SECAMB, said the CPR carried out by the two men was fantastic, adding, “They [defibrillators] are easy to use and we are going to organise some training in the next couple of weeks. “Defibrillation saves lives and that’s why there are quite a few around now. The Arndale Centre was the first shopping centre in the country to have one.”
Mr Mortlock added, “We’re going to have lessons and have about 20 people on the site and villagers who want to do a CPR course which is very good.”