As some of you may be aware, this year we very nearly lost one of our own. As Steve Davis was moving from Kingsbridge to Tiverton on 28th March 2015, he collapsed whilst carrying his belongings from the car to his home.
Luckily two passers-by saw him fall and, with a local resident who was an ambulance driver, they performed CPR and kept his heart going for a quarter of an hour until the ambulance crew arrived. It is scary to think what may have happened without their quick intervention or if Steve had been inside his new home when this happened.
After four weeks in Intensive Care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and two months at The Mardon Centre for recuperation, Steve was given the all clear to return home.
Recently he met the two passers-by that saved his life. He was able to thank them personally and was given the opportunity to fill in some blanks on what happened that day in March.
Steve is now back at work, recovering well and thanking his lucky stars. He is taking things at a steady pace and easing back in to his role well.
Steve says: “Watch your stress levels and share your problems with others, eat sensibly and exercise regularly. I was extremely lucky to have survived”.
This goes to illustrate just how important first aid is when the unthinkable happens. Ironically, Steve is one of our First Aiders here at Brightsea! Everyone here is really proud of how far he has come and loves having him back.