A manager with property services firm Liberty Group has been heralded an angel after helping to save the life of an elderly woman who had collapsed on the street.
Chris Harrison, an assistant contracts manager based in Salford, even accompanied 89-year-old Norma Thompson to the hospital once the ambulance arrived and stayed with her into the early hours of the morning until her family could be with her.
Thompson had collapsed on the street in Blakeley, Manchester, unable to breathe after her pacemaker failed. Harrison just happened to be driving past during his work hours and when he saw her lying on the side of the road, he immediately pulled over and rushed to her aid.
He checked her vitals and found that her pulse was only beating once every three seconds and she had stopped breathing. He began chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, repeating this three times until she began to breathe on her own and the paramedics arrived to take over.
“When I first saw Norma lying on the floor I just wanted to see if there was something I could do to help,” Harrison said. “Thanks to my first aid training I was able to use this to check her condition and perform CPR while we waited for the ambulance. I was just happy that I was able to make a difference and it is a big relief to know that Norma is now recovering from her ordeal.”
After helping Thompson to breathe on her own again, Harrison then went to the hospital with her in the ambulance and stayed with her until 3.30am when her daughter arrived after travelling from the Isle of Man to be with her mother.
Thompson’s daughter, Linda McQueen, said: “If it wasn’t for Chris Harrison’s quick actions my dear mother would have lost her life. With all the bad things that are happening in the world, you start to believe there are no good people out there, and then you meet an angel like Chris.
“Chris only left the hospital after making sure that both myself and my mother were ok, even after the long time that he had been there. The doctors told me that Chris’ actions have given my mother a 60% chance of recovery rather than not being with us, so I’m forever grateful to him.”
Karen Sloan, Liberty’s chief operating officer, said: “We are so proud of Chris Harrison and his bravery in rushing to help Norma. Not only did he act fast, but he continued to go above and beyond to look after Norma and her daughter in what was an extremely traumatic and terrifying experience for them both. This really goes to show the importance of investing in first aid training for staff and the difference that this can make in emergency situations.”