A quick-thinking first-aider today told how he resuscitated a man three times after he collapsed with a heart attack in the middle of a busy supermarket.
Danny Summers, 21, was shopping with his parents when he heard frantic screams after a man in his mid-60s collapsed in the middle of Morrisons, at Squires Gate.
Danny’s mum, Wendy, 42, rushed to the man’s aid but it was Danny who leapt into action and spent 15 minutes carrying out life-saving CPR.
Now the waiter, who is also a trained first-aider, is speaking out in the hope it inspires others to learn first aid.
He said: “Everyone should know first aid, it’s massively important – I was able to save a man’s life because of it.”
The family, who own Constantines restaurant on Highfield Road, South Shore, were shopping in Morrisons on Thursday when they heard calls from a woman whose husband had collapsed.
The man quickly took a turn for the worse and it was then Danny put his skills, which he learned when he used to work in a rest home in St Annes, into practice.
He said: “It looked like he’d fainted but then he just went white. It was really hard, I was trying to concentrate on doing the beats but I could hear his wife in hysterics, screaming his name.
“Then his heart stopped completely – I had to keep him alive and keep him going. I did mouth to mouth and started pumping and his eyes started to roll round. I had all these eyes on me and I just thought if he stops now then it’s on me.
“I know first aid but I’d never had to do it before – it’s hard when it’s the real thing.”
Danny said his experience as a personal trainer helped him to sustain the compressions for around 15 minutes while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Proud mum Wendy added: “I’m glad he knows how to do it, it’s real life.” The family of the man, who is now recovering in hospital, have since visited Danny and Wendy to thank them. Danny added: “It feels very good to have done, he’s got a second chance now.”