Wife’s CPR training saves husband’s life
A WOMAN who saved her husband’s life has urged others to learn first aid.
When Anthony Brough went into cardiac arrest his wife Juliet managed to keep him alive until an ambulance arrived thanks to the first aid training she had undertaken.
She then had to endure three weeks of agony watching Anthony fight for his life in hospital.
Anthony, of Kershaw Grove, Macclesfield, has now made a miraculous recovery and the couple will celebrate their silver wedding anniversary next month.
Looking back on the life-changing experience, Juliet believes ‘it wasn’t his time’.
She said: “Everything conspired to help us on that terrible day, but the lesson that has come out of this experience is that first aid training saved Anthony.
“That basic training was priceless and everyone should do it.”
Anthony, a production manager, was at home when he became ill.
Juliet said: “I found him arresting on the bed. He had stopped breathing. The training kicked in immediately. I started CPR straight away. I wasn’t going to lose him without a fight.
“By the time paramedics arrived I was convinced I had lost him.”
Anthony was put into an induced coma for three weeks at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Juliet, a dance teacher, said: “We were told Anthony’s chances of survival were very small and even if he did wake up, there could be significant damage. Then suddenly he started to respond.
“The ICU team worked a miracle. They didn’t expect him to survive, let alone make a full recovery so quickly. He was allowed home within weeks.”
Anthony, 54, is back enjoying life with children Isaac, 18, and Gabriella, 21, and planning a romantic trip to Paris with Juliet in August ahead of their 25th wedding anniversary.
Later this month he will have a battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin to deliver an electric shock if there are any further abnormal heartbeats.
Anthony, said: “I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Juliette. This hasn’t changed the way I feel about her. I am as in love with her as I always was.
“Having been born on Christmas Day I have always shared a birthday with Jesus. Now we have something more in common. We’ve both come back from the dead.”
Juliet is fundraising for Wythenshawe Hospital. To donate visit www. justgiving.com/JULIETRAWLE.
●● Juliet Brough saved her husband Anthony’s life using CPR after he suffered a cardiac arrest at home