Spe­cial de­liv­ery ...life­sav­ing CPR from my postie

Hero steps in af­ter man’s heart stops

Scottish Daily Mail - - Little John - By John Jef­fay

A POST­MAN saved a man’s life by giv­ing him CPR on his morn­ing round.

Dar­ren Mcleod was de­liv­er­ing the post when Ian Wil­son, 53, suf­fered a heart at­tack.

His son Aaron, 19, asked the post­man for help as his fa­ther had stopped breath­ing and Mr Mcleod car­ried out life-sav­ing CPR un­til paramedics ar­rived.

Mr Wil­son was on a lad­der at this home in Glen­rothes, Fife, when he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest and fell off the lad­der down stairs.

He has now praised the post­man for sav­ing his life. He said: ‘He could have quite eas­ily stood back, but he took a chance and that was enough to keep me go­ing.’

Aaron had al­ready called for an am­bu­lance when Mr Mcleod, 41, ar­rived. Mr Wil­son needed three de­fib­ril­la­tor shocks to restart his heart – twice in the house and once in the am­bu­lance.

He said: ‘I’ve got five kids, six grand­kids and another grand­kid on the way, and thanks to Dar­ren I get to see them all and spend Christ­mas with them.

‘No­body knows what’s round the cor­ner but he’s given me an op­por­tu­nity to have more of my life, and that’s a gift.

‘It feels like I’ve won the lot­tery, and to be hon­est if I had won the lot­tery I could give ev­ery penny to Dar­ren and it still wouldn’t be enough.’

He added: ‘There’s so many co­in­ci­dences – I was on a day off, Aaron is a stu­dent at St Andrews Univer­sity but was off that day, and Dar­ren was putting post through the door just as it hap­pened. I was putting up a false roof, was mea­sur­ing up and that’s it. Ap­par­ently I just pogo-sticked down the stairs on my head and was out of it.’

De­scrib­ing the paramedics as ‘ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing’, Mr

Wil­son’s wife, Pauline, said: ‘Dar­ren was shak­ing like a leaf but even took the time to lock up the doors when we went away in the am­bu­lance and some­how man­aged to con­tinue on his rounds.

‘If Dar­ren and Aaron hadn’t acted the way they did, Ian wouldn’t be here.’

Al­though Mr Mcleod is mod­est about what hap­pened, his wife Kelly brought his heroic ac­tions to the at­ten­tion of Royal Mail.

She said: ‘I am be­yond proud of him. Posties are so com­mit­ted, out in all weath­ers, but to save a life while out on de­liv­ery I feel is some­thing un­for­get­table.

‘Dar­ren was a bit with­drawn and quiet af­ter the in­ci­dent, but was very re­lieved when he found out the gentle­man was in the clear. The thank you card we re­ceived had us all in tears.

‘Dar­ren’s never wanted any at­ten­tion or any­thing like that, all he was con­cerned about was Ian and how he was do­ing.

‘He just acted on in­stinct and he said he just did what any­body would have done.’

A Royal Mail spokesman said: ‘We’re very proud of Dar­ren and his quick-think­ing ac­tions in help­ing a res­i­dent.’

‘Feels like I’ve won the lot­tery’

Life­saver: Dar­ren Mcleod, left, and Ian Wil­son with son Aaron

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