A HERO delivery driver saved a man’s life by performing CPR while paramedics rushed to the scene.
Handyman Geoff More, 51, from Uckfield, suffered a cardiac arrest while working in a flat.
But he was kept breathing by Mike Clarke, who happened to be delivering supplies from Wickes at the moment.
By a stroke of luck, Mike, 61, has extensive experience teaching CPR in the workplace and was able to act immediately to save Geoff’s life.
The couple have since been emotionally reunited.
Geoff, who has since been discharged from hospital, said: “Without Mike I would be dead.
“It’s crazy that someone with so much experience in CPR is there, it’s more than a coincidence.
“I was very lucky that anyone was there at all, I just can’t believe how much I owe him.”
Geoff said he has no memory of what happened other than feeling dizzy. He can’t remember anything about the next two days.
Mike said that upon arriving at the Brighton flat in Bear Road, Brighton, he immediately took action after teaching CPR for over 40 years.
He kept Geoff alive for more than ten minutes before paramedics arrived at the scene and took him to Royal Sussex County Hospital with a defibrillator.
Mike made sure to call the hospital to get an update on Geoff’s condition.
He said: “It’s a very strange but very good feeling to know that the training has made a real difference.
“CPR makes a huge difference and it’s great to know he’s still alive today.
“What I did for Geoff, I would do again tomorrow. Learning the basics of first aid and CPR is so important.”
Mike, who lives in Rowan Avenue, Hove, said he was “overwhelmed” by the fortunate coincidence that he arrived when Geoff was struck down.
It was an even bigger chance since he had pushed the delivery later than originally planned.
Statistics from Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, suggest that fewer than one in 10 people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive.
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