Special delivery ...lifesaving CPR from my postie
Hero steps in after man’s heart stops
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‘Darren was a bit withdrawn and quiet after the incident, but was very relieved when he found out the gentleman was in the clear.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