A hero Health Care Assistant from The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust arrived in the nick of time to help save the life of a gentleman after he collapsed at the side of the road in Horbury Bridge (Wakefield) in January while out cycling.
Mr Peter Hemsworth, 58, collapsed at the side of the road on his bike when Ms Theresa Normington, on her way to work in Castleford, spotted Mr Hemsworth and rushed to his aid. Ms Normington immediately noticed that he had stopped breathing and found that his heart beat too had also stopped, and straightaway phoned the emergency services.
Theresa then carried out life-saving CPR on Mr Hemsworth for 15 minutes until the paramedics arrived.
Peter was then airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary where he spent some time on the Intensive Care Unit where they confirmed that Peter had suffered a heart attack.
Eight weeks on Peter is back home in Ossett, walking and talking well. He is recovering slowly and currently attends rehabilitation appointments twice a week at Pinderfields Hospital.
Last week Mr Hemsworth was reunited with Ms Normington.
“What do you say to someone who’s done something like this? Thank you for saving my husband’s life! There just aren’t enough words to say enough thank-you ” said Mr Hemsworth’s wife, Karen, who has also worked for The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in the past. “We are also very grateful to a gentleman called Mr Martyn Brook who was travelling by at the time and came over to help.”
Ms Normington, Health Care Assistant, at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said; “I believe I did nothing different to what anyone else would have done,”
She added, “I was just there at the right time. I’m pleased I was there to be able to have helped Peter. It's a good opportunity to highlight the importance of CPR training to the public.”
Debbie Newton, Director of Operations – Community Services at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "While Theresa doesn’t believe she has done anything out of the ordinary, we know that she was instrumental in saving Mr Hemsworth’s life and we are extremely proud of her."