Life­sav­ing ‘an­gel’ comes to res­cue of Norma, 89

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

TO Norma Thomp­son and her fam­ily, Chris Har­ri­son is noth­ing short of an an­gel.

The 89-year-old’s life was hang­ing in the bal­ance af­ter her pace­maker failed. She col­lapsed in the street and stopped breath­ing.

By an in­cred­i­ble stroke of luck, Chris just hap­pened to be driv­ing by the scene in Black­ley. He im­me­di­ately pulled over and raced to help.

The as­sis­tant con­tract man­ager checked Norma’s vi­tal signs and found that her pulse was only beat­ing once ev­ery three sec­onds.

Chris stayed calm and be­gan chest com­pres­sions and mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion, re­peat­ing this three times un­til she be­gan to breathe on her own. Paramedics then ar­rived.

De­ter­mined to make sure Norma was okay, Chris trav­elled with her to hos­pi­tal and stayed with her un­til 3.30am, when her daugh­ter ar­rived af­ter trav­el­ling from the Isle of Man.

Chris has been hailed a hero for his brave ac­tions.

But the mod­est 31-yearold, from Run­corn, says he is just happy to have been able to help.

He said: “When I first saw Norma ly­ing on the floor I just wanted to see if there was some­thing I could do to help.

“Thanks to my first aid train­ing I was able to use this to check her con­di­tion and per­form CPR while we waited for the am­bu­lance.

“I was just happy that I was able to make a dif­fer­ence and it is a big relief to know that Norma is now re­cov­er­ing from her or­deal.”

Now Chris, who works for Sal­ford-based Lib­erty Group, has been recog­nised for his heroic ac­tions by his em­ployer, while Norma’s fam­ily says they will be ‘eter­nally grate­ful’ to him. Norma’s daugh­ter Linda McQueen said: “If it wasn’t for Chris’s quick ac­tions my dear mother would have lost her life.

“With all the bad things that are hap­pen­ing in the world, you start to be­lieve there are no good peo­ple out there and then you meet an an­gel like Chris.

“The doc­tors told me that Chris’s ac­tions have given my mother a 60 per cent chance of re­cov­ery rather than not be­ing with us, so I’m for­ever grate­ful to him.”

Karen Sloan, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Lib­erty, added: “We are so proud of Chris and his brav­ery in rush­ing to help Norma.

“Not only did he act fast, but he con­tin­ued to go above and be­yond to look af­ter Norma and her daugh­ter in what was an ex­tremely traumatic and ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them both. This re­ally goes to show the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in first aid train­ing for staff.”

Chris Har­ri­son used his CPR skills to save an el­derly woman’s life

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