Mystery life-saver comes forward

A mystery nurse who helped to save the life of a grandmother who collapsed with a heart attack has come forward after an appeal in the EDP.

A mystery nurse who helped save the life of a grandmother who collapsed with a heart attack has come forward after an appeal in the EDP.

Phyllis Swann, 84, collapsed unconscious in Beccles town centre on December 8 after her heart stopped. She remembers nothing for more than a week afterwards, but her life was saved with the help of passers-by.

Ash Lever, 25, who runs nearby Smash Skates, rang the ambulance and relayed instructions for resuscitation to Marie Mattin, 42, a clerk at Beccles police station. Mrs Mattin was joined by a woman who took over the heart massage while Mrs Mattin did mouth-to-mouth. It was only afterwards that she mentioned she was a nurse - but no one present knew who she was.

On Friday, the EDP reported that Mrs Swann, known as Jiggs, had made a good recovery. She and her family wanted to thank all involved - but could not find the nurse.

As a result of the article, Ann Hobbs, from Worling-ham, near Beccles, has come forward. She is a nurse who works as an operating department practitioner at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, who says she is "delighted" that Mrs Swann has recovered.

Now Mrs Swann, a grand-mother of nine, plans to write to Mrs Hobbs to thank her.

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Mrs Swann, who lives in Beccles, said: "I am very pleased. I am so grateful. I definitely will write to her - I am so pleased I have got her name and will be able to get in touch."