Young mother saves elderly woman’s life after suffering heart attack on Norwich bus

Sophie Tweedy with her son Dexter.
Sophie gave a lady CPR on a bus ride into the city.
Byline: Sonya

Sophie Tweedy with her son Dexter. Sophie gave a lady CPR on a bus ride into the city. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A young mother will be hoping for a quiet Christmas after her festive shopping trip began in crisis as she fought to save an elderly woman's life.

Sophie Tweedy with her son Dexter.
Sophie gave a lady CPR on a bus ride into the city.
Byline: Sonya

Sophie Tweedy with her son Dexter. Sophie gave a lady CPR on a bus ride into the city. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Sophie Tweedy was on a bus to Norwich on December 1 when she noticed an elderly woman passed out in her seat, and moments later was administering CPR she had learned just weeks before.

'I first noticed the lady because she was making little snoring noises, and me and a lady called Janet who was sat in front of her caught each other's eye,' Miss Tweedy said.

The Sprowston resident was travelling with 10-month-old son Dexter, who was on his first bus journey.

'After a while Janet and I checked if she was okay and she didn't respond after I tapped her, so I asked the driver to stop and he helped me carry her into the gangway of the bus. I think she'd had a heart attack.'


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The teacher turned businesswoman then called an ambulance to the scene on Wroxham Road.

'The ambulance operator was really helpful and counted the breaths with me, and speaking to me as I was asking them questions because the lady's lips turned blue.

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'Luckily I'd been to a Save a Baby's Life session not long before so I remembered what to do. I would give the lady CPR for a few minutes and then the bus driver Robert Miller would take over for a couple.'

'I managed to stay calm until the ambulance arrived but I was in a bit of shock when we were off the bus and waiting with the police. I had a little cry afterwards and people were being so kind and saying I'd saved the lady's life, but I just did what I hope anyone would do.'

The mother of one added: 'I just hope she's okay. All I could think at the time was that she might be someone's mum or grandma. If we hadn't gone over and checked it may have been different because people probably thought she was asleep.'

Neither Miss Tweedy nor driver Robert Miller have been updated on the woman's condition after she was taken to the N & N.

'They found a pulse after about half an hour,' the 29-year-old continued. 'I just hope she's better in time for Christmas.'

FirstBus praise hero driver

FirstBus has also praised the way their driver Robert Miller handled the situation.

Chris Speed, Head of Operations for First Eastern Counties said; 'I am really proud of how Rob kept his composure in what would have been a stressful situation. He showed great awareness and professionalism in managing to keep the lady alive with the help from one of our passenger, between them administering CPR.

'Although our drivers are trained to a very high standard, nothing can prepare you for a situation such as this and it is great credit to Rob for his quick thinking that turned the event into a positive outcome.

'Myself and all Rob's colleagues at First Eastern Counties commend him and the person who was travelling on the bus at the time who helped keep the lady alive for reacting to the situation in the way they did.'

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