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