Cabbie saves passenger

Students practising resuscitation

A quick-thinking Dorset cab driver has been commended for saving a passengers life after he suffered a heart attack.

Stuart Smith's lifesaving actions kept 22-year-old Aiden Smith alive until paramedics arrived after he followed instructions over the phone after dialling 999.

Aiden, a kidney transplant patient who has suffered a lifetime of health problems, is recovering in Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

We think he did a fantastic job and hope others are inspired by his story and learn first aid themselves.

Elaine Leighton
Spokesperson for St John Ambulance in Dorset

Elaine Leighton, spokesperson for St John Ambulance in Dorset, says: 'Stuart's quick thinking and ability to stay calm when others may have fallen apart made a real difference. We think he did a fantastic job and hope others are inspired by his story and learn first aid themselves. We’re working with taxi drivers in Dorset to train them in first aid so hopefully we’ll be hearing many more wonderful stories like this.'