Life-saving plea from Harrogate hero

King's Road defibrillator

4:05pm 12th October 2017
(Updated 4:12pm 12th October 2017)

A Harrogate man is urging everyone to learn CPR after saving a life himself.

Guy Wharton, who works at Little Breads on King's Road, sprang into action when a delivery driver suffered a cardiac arrest.

He gave chest compressions until an ambulance crew arrived and took over.

Guy (pictured with Councillor Christine Willoughby) told Stray FM: "It was touch and go whether he lived or died, but luckily he did live. When the paramedics came back to see me, they said that if it wasn't for me, he would have been dead.

"I couldn't believe what I'd actually done. I was in shock most of the day.

"Just give it a go. Phone the ambulance service and the controllers at the other end will talk you through it. Just follow their instructions and you can't go wrong. You're hopefully going to save somebody's life at the end of the day."

The incident has prompted Change Mobility to install a defibrillator outside its shop on King's Road.

In the event of someone having a cardiac arrest, the small portable device can be used to restart the heart.

Dave Jones, Community Defibrillation Officer for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "One of the problems that the service faces is that when we get there, people have been too afraid to have a go, they don't know what to do.

"We'll tell people on the phone what to do, so we'll help as much as we can, and then hopefully by the time we turn up, the patient will still be in a position where we can apply our equipment and then make any changes from there."

One of the common misconceptions about defibrillators is that they can only be used by people who have been trained.

Dave added: "You don't need any formal training to use a defibrillator. They work by looking at the electrical activity within the heart. If the patient is in a shockable condition, it will allow you to deliver a shock. If they're not, then it won't allow you to deliver a shock, so you can't get it wrong. Have a go."

If you would like to buy a defibrillator for your community, send an e-mail to dave.jones@yas.nhs.uk

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