Workers are thanked for saving woman
THREE men who saved the life of woman who suffered a stroke in her car have said it was all in a day’s work.
Pete Saunders (50), David Parnwell (50) and Kevin Guest (52) all work for Enterprise Peterborough and just happened to have stopped in Belle Vue, off Whittlesey Road, Stanground, when Jane Gulson pulled over.
Although she did not know it at the time, she was suffering a stroke but thanks to the quick thinking of the three men she was whisked off to Peterborough City Hospital for vital treatment which she says saved her life.
The men were delighted to hear she recovered in time for her wedding to her partner John Gulson four weeks later.
She was also fit enough to jet off for the once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Mexico for their honeymoon.
Pete was the First-aider who recognised that Mrs Gulson needed an ambulance.
He said: “It’s lucky we were there really and it was just by chance. It’s not my area, I was only there to do a quote for asbestos removal.
“When the ambulance left with her we didn’t think anything more about it. We just hoped she was okay.
“So when we saw her story in the ET it was really nice to know she was okay and lovely to be recognised for what we did.
“I’ve never had to use my First Aid before, other than for bumps and scrapes, and you always hope you’re never going to need it but it all comes back when you when it’s necessary.”
The trio had just pulled up at Belle Vue when Jane started pipping her horn and beckoning to them.
They went over to her and she said she did not feel very well and would they call her partner.
They did so then David and Pete went back to work and Kevin stayed near Jane to make sure she was okay. But she began to feel worse again.
He said: “She said to me ‘I’m going down’, but I wasn’t sure what she meant. I called for Pete as the First-aider.
“She did get worse very quickly. I think the whole thing happened in 10 minutes so it was lucky we were there.”
When Pete came back to the car Mrs Gulson said she was concerned about the two dogs in her car who she was due to walk for a friend.
But Pete quickly realised something was wrong and called for an ambulance when she started to lose sensation in her legs.
He said: “I just spoke to her, checked her smile and her arms. I decided we needed to call an ambulance.
“I was just asking her name, what she had been up to recently, trying to make her smile.
“She lost all movement in her legs then, all of a sudden, her arms went as well.
“I wasn’t panicking at all, I knew it was important not to because that could panic her.”
And David said: “It was all good luck that we were there at the right time. The scenario could have been so different.
“And it’s nice to get recognition for what we did, although you’d like to think anyone would have done it.”
After the stroke Jane spent several days in hospital but managed to get to her wedding at Southside Methodist Church, in London Road.
Speaking last week, she said if it wasn’t for Kevin, Pete and David she would not be here today.
The three men and Jane are all hoping to be able to meet up again soon.
pleasure: Enterprise Peterborough workers Kevin Guest, Pete Saunders and David Parnwell, who came to the aid of Jane Gulson after she suffered a stroke in her car. (METP-17-05-12AS055) Picture: ALAN STORER.