HEART’S THE WAY TO PARTY!

Al­lan in hos­pi­tal af­ter his heart at­tack and, right, re­u­nited with Chris who helped to save his life

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ra­m­age

A Wishaw man who “tech­ni­cally died twice” has cel­e­brated his 60th birth­day with the fire­fighter who saved his life.

Al­lan Hainey, 60, was trav­el­ling home on the A1 near Cove af­ter a hol­i­day when he sud­denly felt a sear­ing pain in his chest be­fore pass­ing out.

For­tu­nately for him, fire­fighter Chris Ken­dall, from Kent, hap­pened to be pass­ing by and spot­ted Al­lan out­side his car with his wife Margo.

“A woman was al­ready try­ing to per­form CPR on me when Chris saw us at the side of the A1 and pulled over,” Al­lan ex­plained.

“He took con­trol and worked on me for 15 min­utes un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived. We sub­se­quen­tally found out Chris is a fire­fighter, and one of his main du­ties is teach­ing other fire­fight­ers and ser­vices how to per­form life­sav­ing tech­niques such as CPR.

“If you’re go­ing to get lucky, you may as well get re­ally lucky!”

Po­lice IT worker Al­lan was rushed to Ed­in­burgh Gen­eral for surgery, where it was dis­cov­ered he had suf­fered a my­ocar­dial in­farc­tion so se­vere it blew three holes in his heart.

He later found out that his sur­vival was to­tally down to Chris’ Re­cov­ery CPR work.

“I tech­ni­cally died twice in the am­bu­lance on the way to the hos­pi­tal,” he said. “My sur­geons sub­se­quently told me with­out Chris I would not have made it.

“I’d never had any in­cling of any heart trou­ble be­fore. I ended up need­ing a pace­maker fit­ted but I’m on the mend now, thanks to Chris.”

In a bizarre twist, a mix-up in com­mu­ni­ca­tion saw Chris be­ing told by emer­gency ser­vices that Al­lan had died en route to the hos­pi­tal last June.

When Al­lan got in touch to make sure Chris knew how thank­ful he was for sav­ing his life, he didn’t re­alise he’d also be let­ting him know he was still alive.

“I text him my name. I gave him the time and the date and I said you saved my life, do you fancy meet­ing up?

“I didn’t even know – he thought I was dead. He was ab­so­lutely ec­static, he said he was jump­ing up and down hav­ing thought for weeks I’d passed away.”

Af­ter an ini­tial catch up, Al­lan de­cided to in­vite Chris to his 60th birth­day party at Houldsworth Bowl­ing Club at the end of last month. Chris ac­cepted and trav­elled up from Kent to join the party.

Al­lan added: “It was great to be able to see him and tell him; you’re the rea­son I’m still here for this.

“My fam­ily have been an in­cred­i­ble sup­port for me as well. My daugh­ter Gayle, son Fraser and wife Margo have all been so sup­port­ive as I’ve re­cov­ered. With­out them I wouldn’t have made it.”

Now Chris and Al­lan are plead­ing with peo­ple to take up free train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn CPR and be­come life­savers them­selves.

“We a re n ow both cam­paign­ing and pro­mot­ing to get more peo­ple to train in CPR,” Al­lan said.

“Work­places can get peo­ple to come out to of­fices for mass train­ing or you can go into a fire sta­tion and learn there.

“It’s so sim­ple and you could learn to save some­one’s life. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for some­one k n owi n g this tech­nique.”

Every fire sta­tion in Scot­land has a Call Push Res­cue train­ing kit that can teach any­one to use CPR in just 30 min­utes. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. bhf.org.uk/ cpr.

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