Dad found out kids, 7 and 10, had saved his life after cardiac arrest when he woke up

Stuart Waters, 48, was in his car with his two young children when he fell ill – waking up three days later in hospital to hear they had saved his life

Stuart Waters' life was saved by his children
Stuart Waters’ life was saved by his children

A quick-thinking young brother and sister who saved their father’s life following his cardiac arrest have been honored as heroes by police.

Stuart Waters, 48, was in the car with daughter Sadie, 10, and son Jude, seven, when he fell ill right outside their home.

He said: “The first thing I knew about it was three days later in the hospital.

“We were at soccer practice, we were reversing, we pulled up in front of the house to reverse onto the driveway, and then the lights went out. I had gone to work that day, didn’t feel guilty or anything.”

Sadie and her brother unbuckled their father’s seat belt as soon as they realized he was in trouble and ran to the house to get help.

Young Sadie and Jude saved their father’s life



She said: “The door was locked so we banged on it and then Mum came down from her shower.”

Proud mum Leanne, 38, said: “I thought they were being silly at first. They screamed, ‘Something’s wrong with Daddy.’

“He wasn’t breathing and I panicked. I ran to get help, loads of people came out.”

She added that two women were giving Stuart CPR until paramedics arrived after the incident in March.

The Kent father owes his life to his young children



He was taken to hospital and is now recovering at home in Pembury, Kent, following surgery.

Stuart, who can no longer work as a truck driver, said: “I never thought this would happen to me. It was a big, big shock.”

Sgt. Joe Breen of Kent Police presented the Schools Team Certificate of Resilience to Sadie and Jude.

He said: “Sadie and Jude ultimately saved their father’s life during what was clearly an extremely distressing event.

“The medical staff said that without their incredibly quick actions, the outcome would likely have been different.”

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