First Father’s Day since Son Saved Dad's Life
Tony Chapman, a dad from Barton-Upon-Humber, celebrates his
first Father’s Day since his son Alvin saved his life after
performing CPR when he suffered a major cardiac arrest at
'I owe my life to my son. I urge everybody, to learn basic life
saving skills as you really don’t know when you might need them,'
said Tony, aged 65.
'If it wasn't for his first aid knowledge and quick-thinking I
wouldn't be here now.'
Like most Fridays, Tony and his son Alvin were playing a game of
pool at their local snooker club, however, a little while later
Tony began to feel unwell. Alarmed by his dad’s sudden
deterioration, Alvin decided to take him home.
Luckily, Alvin who had workplace first aid training from St John
Ambulance three years ago, recognised some of the signs of cardiac
arrest – unresponsive, not breathing and no movement. Immediately,
he lowered his dad to the floor and begun CPR after calling for an
When the ambulance arrived, they had to use a defibrillator and
rushed him to Hull Royal Hospital. Later, Tony suffered another
cardiac arrest and was transferred to Castle Hill Hospital where he
underwent surgery. After spending several days in intensive care,
including his birthday, he left hospital over a week later.
'The paramedics said afterwards that without CPR, those first
few minutes would have made so much difference if untreated and
that they would have had nothing to work with when he got to
hospital. I’m so thankful that I had the first aid knowledge to be
able to give him CPR within seconds of arresting.' said Alvin.
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