A CYCLIST, who ‘died’ after collapsing outside a Saddleworth public house, is recovering in hospital thanks to a life-saving defibrillator.
The man stopped breathing after the fall as he rode past the Junction Inn in Denshaw on Tuesday, August 14.
Thanks though to quick-thinking landlord and landlady, Barry and Christina Evans, and the skill of a passing doctor, the cyclist was brought back to life.
He was then rushed to hospital by North West Ambulance Service who landed their helicopter on a nearby football pitch.
“We thought the cyclist had been knocked over,” said Christina who rushed to bring the defibrillator at Denshaw Village Hall back to the pub.
“But he had actually had a heart attack and collapsed. He was in a really bad way and had stopped breathing.
“Barry called the ambulance and I went to get the defibrillator. Fortunately, living locally and walking my dogs in the village, I knew where it was.
“So, the man was very lucky. Had he collapsed further up where it’s all fields, he might not have survived.
“We also had a doctor eating in the pub at the time but it was another doctor who happened to be driving past who was able to use the defibrillator and get his heart re-started.
“These defibrillators are so important and people should really be told where they can be located.”
The cyclist’s friend re-visited the Junction the next day to collect the bike and thank everyone for their help.
“Apparently the man will need a heart bypass operation but we are just glad he is alive,” added Christina.
A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service told the Independent: ”We received a call at 6.19pm to a male that had collapsed.
“We sent a number of resources to the scene and the patient was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital by air ambulance.”