LIFE-SAVING doctor Laura Coleman urges members of the public not to be scared of using defibrillators.
Laura from Denshaw is one of two medical practitioners who recently came to the rescue of stricken cyclist Gordon Brown after he collapsed while riding past The Junction Inn.
The other woman has yet to be traced but Laura contacted the Independent after reading of an appeal by Gordon’s family for the two ‘angels’ to come forward.
Their skill and quick thinking brought the 59-year-old from Milnrow back to life after he had stopped breathing.
Gordon was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital, underwent a triple heart bypass operation seven days later before being allowed home at the end of last month.
An A and E doctor was passing in her car and stopped and pulled up and performed chest compressions.
And Laura, who works in intensive care and anaesthetics across the North West, was walking her dog with her husband when they saw the drama unfolding outside The Junction.
“We could see someone was performing chest compressions so I ran over immediately,” explained Laura.
“We introduced ourselves so each other knew what we were doing.
“I asked for the AED (Automated External Defibrillators) which quickly arrived.
“As soon as he had one shock his heart started functioning it by itself and Gordon started breathing.
“I have no doubt that early defibrillation probably saved him.
“The coverage is great for the knowledge of the AED device in the village.
“I heard someone say ‘we mustn’t use it if we don’t know what we are doing.’
“But it’s okay and I thought afterwards ‘you can use them because that’s the whole point of them’.
“They are very easy to use and you are talked through what to do.”
Laura has now joined the search for the other doctor, who was wearing a scrubs top, who she believes was on her way home from an A and E shift.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t get her name but I will try our social media group to try and get in touch,” Laura said.
“But I am just happy Gordon appears to be making a great recovery.”
A family member confirmed: “I’m delighted to tell you that Gordon was discharged home and sounds to be doing really well.
“From what Gordon says, the doctors were reluctant to discharge him so soon after his surgery, but he was desperate to get back home.
“I imagine he’s going to feel frustrated now about the temporary limitations placed upon him.
“But let’s hope he takes on board the doctor’s orders and doesn’t overdo things.”