A British woman gives life to her husband after saving him from a heart attack

A woman administered life-saving first aid “cardiopulmonary resuscitation” or “CPR” for short to her husband after he went into cardiac arrest while he was sleeping [قبل أشهر في المملكة المتحدة]. But this ordeal, the woman says, still haunts her.

Leanne Griffiths (33) kept her husband Sam’s heart beating for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived at their home.

The mother of two used first aid training she received while working as a receptionist in a medical center to save her husband from death and performed a heroic act under immense pressure.

Now, four months after the accident, the woman feels ready to speak out about the fateful night she almost lost her husband.

Difficult experience

“When you wake up in the middle of the night and find your husband has lost his breath, you feel a terrible panic,” says Leanne, from Rotherham in the English county of South Yorkshire, recalling that difficult experience.

“I called the emergency health line 999 in the UK and they told me to immediately start doing chest compressions on my husband, which if I hadn’t been trained to do, I would have no idea how to do ,” added Leanne.

“Before, I didn’t realize how important CPR really is, and now I think everyone should get this basic training early in life,” the woman continued.

On August 30, Leanne and her husband, Sam (33), were fast asleep when their youngest son, Brody (8), walked into their room and climbed into their bed.

The child often goes to his parents early in the morning, and around six thirty in the morning, Layan woke up after he started shaking her vigorously.

Brody yelled, “What’s wrong with Daddy?” and when the woman looked at Sam, he was pale, his fists clenched and unclenched.

Layan adjusted her husband’s position and held him on one of his sides, then called 999, after which the operator immediately recommended that she move him from the bed to the floor. [لأن السطح حيث تجري الإسعافات يجب أن يكون ثابتاً].

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Once she had him on the floor, the paramedic told her to perform CPR while the paramedics made the 15-minute trip home from Northern General Hospital. [في الشمال]”.

Then Liane began pushing vomit from her husband’s mouth to open the airway, and completed 100 to 120 chest compressions to keep Sam alive.

Those minutes seemed like hours to Leanne as she struggled to save Sam, and when the ambulance arrived little Brody was waiting to open the front door, the woman said.

In fact, “If Brody hadn’t come to our room that morning, Sam wouldn’t be with us today,” Leanne said.

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“My baby woke me up and he was so scared, and when I saw Sam shaking, I felt the exact same way,” Layan added.

But the woman, she recalls, “remained calm and focused and called 999, which sent an ambulance from the Northern General Hospital to our house.”

“They said they would arrive in 15 minutes, and told me to do CPR in the meantime to get Sam’s heart beating,” the woman continued.

“Sam threw up so hard and his pulse was gone, I had to keep his airway open as I completed 100 chest compressions per minute,” explains Lian.

“Fortunately,” the woman continued, “I was trained on the job [على “إنعاش القلب الرئوي”]I don’t know how I would have acted if I hadn’t been trained.”

Two shocks of electricity

“Sam was unconscious and unresponsive until the ambulance arrived,” says Leanne, “and then I was convinced we had lost him.”

And the woman added: “Brody was watching everything happen with his own eyes, but when the paramedics arrived he remained calm enough to quickly run down the stairs and then open the front door.”

That way the woman was able to “follow up on the chest compressions that ultimately saved his life.”

At this point the medics took over from Leanne and used a defibrillator, as it’s called, to get Sam’s heart working again.

The heart needed two electric shocks to revive it, and at this moment Leanne and Brody burst into tears, their hearts filled with relief.

Paramedics immediately rushed Sam to Northern General Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with Wolff Parkinson’s syndrome. [نتيجة اتصال كهربائي زائد بين الأذينين والبطينين عند الولادة]leading to an abnormally fast heartbeat.

After that, Sam underwent a seven-hour heart operation to get rid of the arrhythmia, and he was released from the hospital after a week.

Back to life

Since going through this terrible ordeal, Sam has had regular check-ups and medical appointments, and thankfully he has responded well to this life-saving surgery.

This week the father of two returned to work and says he undoubtedly owes his life to the heroic deeds of his wife and youngest son.

In fact, “I don’t remember much except Leanne screaming and paramedics surrounding me,” says Sam, who works in a steel mill.

“When I regained consciousness, I felt a tube go down my throat [كان المسعفون وضعوه] To prevent any airway obstruction, I took him out immediately,” Sam continued.

The next thing the patient remembers is, “Woke up in the hospital surrounded by my loved ones, then rushed to surgery for heart ablation.” [لتصحيح نظم القلب].

“Fortunately I survived, and I owe my life to my wife and son for their brave behaviour,” said Sam.

Sam, he reveals, “is having trouble sleeping now thinking about this ordeal, and is unable to do things [خطوات] his ordinary life.

“But the important thing is that I’m still here, and I’m living day by day. I couldn’t be more grateful,” Sam concluded.

This report was revised on 10 December 2022. It previously indicated 30 chest compressions per minute, while the recommended number in CPR is between 100 and 120 compressions per minute.

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