NEIGH­BOURS TO THE RES­CUE

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Gibbs

A Har­vey res­i­dent is lucky to be alive af­ter re­ceiv­ing emer­gency CPR from his neigh­bours, Har­vey shire coun­cil­lor Michelle Boylan and her hus­band Frank.

A FIFO worker, Frank was get­ting ready for bed at 7.45pm on Septem­ber 13 when their neigh­bour Suzanne Newby ran into the house call­ing for help.

Frank and Michelle ran next door to find Suzanne’s hus­band Rob un­con­scious on a lounge chair.

They dragged him to the floor, checked for breath­ing and a pulse be­fore per­form­ing CPR.

The Boy­lans are for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers so they knew the drill, and Mr Boylan also had a re­fresher course that month as part of his work.

Cr Boylan talked to Mr Newby the whole time, par­tic­u­larly urg­ing him to pull through be­cause he had tick­ets to see the West Coast Ea­gles play in the fi­nals.

The main thing Mr Boylan re­mem­bered was per­form­ing CPR next to a roar­ing fire­place with sweat run­ning down his face.

Har­vey St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer paramedics Carol Gayle and Kerry Davis at­tended the call and com­mended the ef­forts of the Boy­lans.

The paramedics ar­rived seven min­utes af­ter re­ceiv­ing the call and Ms Gayle said brain dam­age could set in three min­utes af­ter suf­fer­ing a ma­jor heart at­tack.

“I think the moons were just all in align­ment for Rob that night,” Ms Gayle said.

“You don’t hear of too many peo­ple sur­viv­ing a heart at­tack with the sever­ity that Rob had.”

Mr Newby was flown to Royal Perth Hospi­tal by he­li­copter.

Two-and-a-half weeks later at Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal he re­ceived a heart trans­plant on his 65th birth­day.

Within a day of ar­riv­ing at Fiona Stan­ley, a com­pat­i­ble heart was avail­able. “We’re very thank­ful to the donor, it is such a won­der­ful thing to give some­one,” Mrs Newby said.

Mrs Newby said her son Luke was go­ing to pay for fam­ily mem­bers to re­ceive CPR train­ing as a Christ­mas present.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Michelle and Frank Boylan out­side their home with Har­vey St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers Carol Gayle and Kerry Davis.

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