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Charity heart machine key as cafe staff save a life

Arndale Centre security guard Glenn White, Elaine Oldfield, who runs the Welcome Cafe in the shopping centre, and Steve Graham, security guard, pictured with the defibrillator.

Arndale Centre security guard Glenn White, Elaine Oldfield, who runs the Welcome Cafe in the shopping centre, and Steve Graham, security guard, pictured with the defibrillator.

A woman’s life was saved when she collapsed in a Morecambe cafe due to quick thinking members of staff using a newly purchased defribillator to restart her heart.

The holidaymaker, thought to be 75-years-old, slumped in her seat in the Welcome Cafe in the Arndale Centre shortly after saying she felt ill.

Staff including cafe manager Elaine Oldfield, and centre security guards Glenn White, Steve Graham and Baz Dunkley quickly leapt into action.

Elaine said: “There were two couples in the cafe who were here on holiday.

“One of them came up to the counter and all of a sudden one of the ladies said ‘ring for an ambulance. The other lady was slumped in her chair after saying she didn’t feel well.

“The security guards came in and we got her down on the floor and started checking everything.

“There were no signs of life but your goal is to bring the person back. Luckily we did. She was still unconscious when the ambulance came.

“The crew took over and got her stabilised and then they took her to hospital in the ambulance. There were three of us who were trained in first aid and that gave her a good chance.

“It’s the first time we’ve used the defibrillator and its already paid for itself by saving someone’s life. We were so lucky because Steve had just got off the train and popped into the centre.”

Glenn White said: “I’ve been a first aider for 15 years and I’ve had to do CPR before but with the defibrillator it makes life so much easier.

“It’s a brilliant tool that has paid for itself. I don’t think there are any other shops in the area that have a defibrillator.It just wasn’t her time to go.”

Staff at the Welcome Cafe have been fundraising for some time to raise money for the defibrillator which cost £700, having raffles, cake and book stalls.

It was purchased just six weeks ago.

Cafe staff went on a first aid course with Trust Medical and followed this up with a defibrillator course.

Elaine said: “We felt strongly about getting something like this in the Arndale and with a real community effort we have done so.”

A spokesman for North West Ambulance said the woman’s condition was unknown.

 

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