Plea to find out what happened to man who collapsed on Beeston Regis path

Sue Bates and her children on the footpath near Beeston Bump where she tried to help a man who had c

Sue Bates and her children on the footpath near Beeston Bump where she tried to help a man who had collapsed along the path.. From left: Katie, James and George with Sue. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A mum who battled to save the life of a stranger while out on a walk with her children is anxious to find out what happened to him.

Sue Bates, 52, has heard nothing about the outcome after giving the man exhausting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until expert help arrived.

'As you can imagine, it was quite an unsettling experience and I'd really like some kind of closure by finding out what happened to the poor man,' she said.

Mrs Bates and her three children, aged 19, 12 and 11, were on a track returning home to Briton's Lane from nearby Beeston Hill, Sheringham, when they came across a worried woman on her phone.

The woman's husband had collapsed close nearby and Mrs Bates followed her to the scene.

'He was on the floor and didn't look at all good,' she said.

'I knelt down and felt his pulse and he didn't have one so I rolled him on to his back, opened his shirt and started doing CPR.'

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Although untrained, Mrs Bates said she had tried her best to carry out the lifesaving procedure, guided by the 999 operator who gave detailed instructions over the phone.

At some point a couple had passed by and the man had taken over briefly to give Mrs Bates a break.

She then resumed the procedure until, after about six or seven minutes, a community first responder arrived and had set up ventilation equipment and a defibrillator.

Paramedics, firefighters and the police were on scene shortly afterwards, all guided to the site by Mrs Bates' children who had been waiting for them at the end of the track.

'The firefighters took it in turns to do chest compressions on him for about one-and-a-half hours. When they took him away in an ambulance, he had a pulse,' said Mrs Bates.

No-one had taken her details and Mrs Bates said she had heard nothing since.

'I feel a bit nosey asking but when you have been that involved in a situation which was quite shocking for me and the children, and you have tried to give it a go, you want to know the outcome,' she added.

'I think most people in my situation would have done what I did - it was nothing special or heroic. It's made me want to go on a course and learn first aid properly.

'My 12-year-old son said it's something that should be taught in schools.'

She said the wife was called Janet and her stricken husband Robert, aged 65. They had a son in London and she thinks the couple were holidaymakers as the wife did not know the area.

Spokesmen for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were unable to say what had happened to the victim.

Do you have any information? Please contact alex.hurrell@archant.co.uk

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