Wife’s CPR train­ing saves hus­band’s life

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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.


Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Juliet Brough saved her hus­band An­thony’s life us­ing CPR af­ter he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest at home

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