Bexleyheath nurse nominated for saving life

PUBLISHED: 12:37 16 October 2012

Helen Adams

Helen Adams


A Bexleyheath nurse has been nominated for a national St John's Ambulance award to honour her part in saving the life of an elderly wedding guest who had stopped breathing.

Helen Adams, 43, was at a reception in Bexley with friend and colleague Karen Littler, 52, when they noticed 80-year-old Alastair MacGregor from Sidcup was slumped in his chair.

The pair realised he was not breathing so started to give him CPR and chest compressions, continuing for 15 minutes until the ambulance arrived to take Mr MacGregor to Darenth Valley Hospital.

Paramedics stated that had it not been for the quick-thinking pair, he would probably have died.

Helen, who works at a Chislehurst medical practice, said: “I was completely shocked when I got the phone call for the nomination.

“We acted without thinking about it and just got on with it.”

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 19, presented by TV personality and survival expert Ray Mears.

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