Bromley woman saves husband’s life after taking British Heart Foundation course

PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:17 15 November 2012

Martin's life was saved by his wife Suzanne

Martin's life was saved by his wife Suzanne


When Suzanne Barney took a heart-starting training course in May, she had no idea that four months later those vital skills would be used to save her own husband’s life.

Fit and healthy Martin, 52, of Southlands Road, Bromley, had a heart attack on August 30 after suffering chest pains at work.

The father-of-two called an ambulance and was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

“One of my coronary arteries was completely blocked, and another was close behind it with 80 per cent blockage.”

A week after being discharged Martin’s 16-year-old son, Michael, found his dad unconscious in his bed. He immediately called his mum for help.

Suzanne remembers: “Martin wasn’t breathing, and his lips were going blue. It was so scary. Luckily the Heartstart course I had taken came straight to mind.

“I got Martin to the floor and began to perform CPR while waiting for the ambulance. I dread to think what could have happened if I hadn’t known what to do.”

Martin is now recovering after undergoing a bypass operation and was also fitted with an ICD which gives his heart a shock if it stops pumping again.

Heartstart is a free initiative run by the British Heart Foundation that teaches people what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

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