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Abigail Nicholson

Wife helped keep husband alive after his heart stopped beating

A mum and daughter watched on in horror as a dad's heart stopped beating.

Simon Tinsley became seriously unwell on March 15, leading to his wife Claudine calling 999. With help from the ambulance call handler, Claudine - who has no formal medical training - was asked to make sure her husband's airways were clear and tried to keep him responsive until paramedics arrived.

Paramedic Gordon from North West Ambulance Service arrived shortly after as Simon’s condition deteriorated and went into cardiac arrest. Gordon worked with Claudine instructing her on how to give CPR whilst he set up the defibrillator and ventilation.

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After the first shock, Simon, from Halsall, regained a regular heart rhythm came back into consciousness. He was taken to Broadgreen Hospital where he had an internal defibrillator fitted. Claudine’s CPR efforts, with the support of Gordon helped save Simon’s life, all while trying to calm their distressed 14-year-old daughter who watched everything unfold.

Simon has now spoken about his experience.

Paramedic Gordon from North West Ambulance Service arrived shortly after as Simon’s condition deteriorated (NWAS)

He 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.

"I want to also thank the rest of the team including the ambulance crew, including Paramedic Ronald Brookfield, who took me to hospital on that day, as well as the call handler who calmly dealt with my wife on the phone, giving her advice and reassurance.

"My wife has no formal medical training apart from a one-day first aid course a few years ago. She gave me effective CPR whilst also trying to reassure our daughter who was upset and distressed at what was unfolding in front of her. Thank you so much.

“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.”

Learn how to do effective CPR with this simple video .


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