Pen­sioner suf­fers heart at­tack after stop­ping row on train

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

WHEN pen­sioner Stephen Breed stood up for a woman in­volved in a row on the London Un­der­ground, he had no idea she would soon re­turn the favour – by sav­ing his life.

The 65-year-old grand­fa­ther stepped in when he saw a man ar­gu­ing with nurse Polly Collins on a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Line train.

Mo­ments later, as Mr Breed walked into Uxbridge sta­tion, he suf­fered a heart at­tack and col­lapsed at the turn­stile and tech­ni­cally ‘died’ three times in the mo­ments that fol­lowed. Miss Collins rushed to his as­sis­tance, per­form­ing CPR while wait­ing desperately for an am­bu­lance to ar­rive.

Mr Breed’s daugh­ter, Sarah Pani­gada, 42, said: “She just turned into Su­per­woman and knew ex­actly what to do. She started giv­ing him CPR and she didn’t give up for at least 10 to 15 min­utes un­til the am­bu­lance got there, which is amaz­ing.”

Mr Breed was rushed to Hare­field Hos­pi­tal, which spe­cialises in heart op­er­a­tions, where doc­tors fit­ted him with a stent be­fore dis­charg­ing him with med­i­ca­tion on Tues­day, Jan­uary 6.

Miss Pani­gada, a self­em­ployed make-up artist liv­ing in Queen’s Park, north London, said: “It looks like he’s go­ing to be ab­so­lutely OK and live for another 30 years.”

She added: “The paramedics that turned up are an­gels them­selves. I said to all of them, all the hos­pi­tal work­ers, each one of them is a hero and an an­gel.”

Re­tired ware­house man­ager Mr Breed and his part­ner Mas­dalina Pani­gada, 62, who live in Wem­b­ley, had been trav­el­ling to Uxbridge to

shop­ping when the ident oc­curred shortly fore noon on Satur­day, nuary 3. Miss Collins, who had en on her way to work at lling­don Hos­pi­tal when e drama un­folded, said e was ‘over­whelmed’ by e fam­ily’s re­sponse. But the 43-year-old, ho lives in Grimsby, in­colnshire, and works r Thorn­bury Nurs­ing er­vices, said: “I was just ar­ry­ing out the duty of are, be­ing a regis­tered urse, and any­body uld do the same. “At the end of the day, this guy was quite re­mark­able him­self. He de­fended me in such a man­ner and it turns out he was the one that needed de­fend­ing.

“It was quite a sad story that turned out quite re­mark­ably.

“I was just pleased, praise the Lord, that he sur­vived.

“Had he not, I would have had to live with it for the rest of my life, be­cause he didn’t need to do what he did.”

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice have re­leased a CCTV im­age of a man they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

They also want to hear from a by­stander be­lieved to have filmed the row on his mo­bile phone.

Call 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 130 of 03/01/2015.


‘RE­MARK­ABLE’: Polly Collins (left) saved the life of Stephen Breed (right)

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