The Brighton driver’s life was saved when a stranger performed CPR

A driver fell behind the wheel after suffering a heart attack – and now his family is searching for the stranger who saved his life.

He was helped by a member of the public after suffering cardiac arrest and climbing the curb.

A man pulled him from his vehicle and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

His sister, whom Argus prefers not to name, is now trying to find the good Samaritan.

She wants to thank him for his quick action that helped avert a tragedy.

In a Facebook post, the woman said: “I’m trying to find the wonderful person who performed CPR on my brother earlier in Kemp Town.

“My brother who went into cardiac arrest while driving was pulled out of the car by a gentleman and they gave him CPR which saved his life.

“I’m desperate for that person to say thank you.”

The incident happened around 1.50pm on Friday October 14 in Kemp Town.

An eyewitness described a van climbing the curb at the corner of Percival Terrace.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the accident and the road was closed to traffic.

Then a man was seen being put in the back seat of an ambulance.

Ambulance confirmed that he collapsed in the car and was taken to hospital in serious condition.

A man is believed to have saved a driver's life by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.Emergency services were on site on Friday October 14th. Photo credit: Gareth Unwin

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for further treatment around 2.20pm.

Sussex Police confirmed he was in stable condition following the incident, which involved two vehicles.

A spokesman said: “The road was closed while emergency services, including colleagues from Secamb, were at the scene.

“The driver of one of the vehicles was taken to the hospital in a serious but stable condition.”

After high-profile cardiac arrests like that of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen during Euro 2021, the importance of CPR has been brought back into focus.

It’s believed that up to 5,000 lives can be saved each year when people learn basic CPR techniques.

According to the Resuscitation Council UK, in 2019 59 per cent of people reported having received CPR training.

It is estimated that approximately 30,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, and every minute that elapses after a cardiac arrest and before CPR and a defibrillator are used decreases a patient’s chance of survival by 10 percent.

In 2022, less than one in ten people will still survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Volunteers from St John Ambulance in Sussex are currently giving free demonstrations of life saving skills as part of this month’s annual Restart A Heart campaign.

Volunteers trained by St. John’s have arranged demonstrations in locations across the country between October 5 and October 28 to give people a chance to participate and learn basic first aid skills.

Are you the man who saved this driver’s life? Then we would be happy to hear from you.

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