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I was recently running a first aid course at a school when the importance of learning first aid was brought home to the participants by one of the group.

During the individual introductions, she told the group the reason she had put herself on the course was that her husband had collapsed in cardiac arrest whilst hedge cutting in the garden.

The lady relating this had no first aid training and was desperate for help when a neighbour hearing the commotion came to her aid.

Having learned first aid and resuscitation through their work the neighbour was able to carry out Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the gentleman until the paramedics arrived.

After being placed into an induced coma for two weeks he made a good recovery and now has an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in order to control any further abnormal heart rhythms.

Without doubt, it was the prompt actions of the neighbour who was responsible for saving her husband’s life.

Having realised the possible outcome had the neighbour not been around, when her employer looked for volunteers to go on a first aid course she was one of the first to put her name down.