Man who saved 78-year-olds life given national award
PUBLISHED: 12:25 12 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:36 12 December 2019
An Erpingham man rushed to save the life of a woman who collapsed after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Andrew Hartshorne, an off duty community first responder with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, was shopping in Aylsham with his wife on April 1 this year when the incident happened.
He noticed a woman, 78-year-old Janet Green, lying on the pavement with three people gathered around her.
Mr Hartshorne and three members of the public began taking turns to administer CPR.
Community first responders are volunteers trained to attend certain types of emergency calls in their local area.
When a defibrillator from Aylsham Town Hall arrived Mr Hartshorne applied the pads, going through four cycles on the machine.
It was enough to see Mrs Green start breathing again, and she was handed over to attending crews and taken to hospital.
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Mr Hartshorne said: "I have been with EEAST since 2013 and I'm proud to be a volunteer. Often, we reach patients in a life-threatening emergency before an ambulance crew arrives so the work we do is really important.
"Our first responder group has wonderful support from the public and we have been very busy teaching CPR to schools, mother and toddler groups and other organisations."
Mr Hartshorne later decided to make contact with the three people who had helped, and discovered two of them were teachers from Aylsham High School who had just completed a first aid course. The third was an A&E doctor.
"It was the first time she'd been involved in an out of hospital cardiac arrest and admitted she found it quite daunting," he said.
The patient was later fitted with a pacemaker and has since made a full recovery.
On November, 16, Mr Hartshorne was honoured at the SADS UK 10th Annual National Lifesaver Awards, for taking action to help save the woman's life.
Andrew Barlow, EEAST community response manager, said: "This incident clearly demonstrates the chain of survival, but more importantly having someone to lead and drive the incident has been instrumental in saving the lady's life."