Pensioner thanks cafe staff for saving his life

Pensioner thanks cafe staff for saving his life

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

A PENSIONER who suffered a massive heart attack at an Ainsdale coffee shop has thanked the young worker and his manager who helped save his life.

Duncan Snell, 78, was at MeCycle last year  enjoying a cappuccino when, unknown to fellow customers and staff, he had a heart attack and slumped down in his chair motionless.

Sam Kelly, who was 16 at the time and a pupil at Formby High School, was on a work placement at the Station Road cafe and noticed Duncan bent over his coffee. 

Sam, said: “I was having a break when I noticed he looked ‘strange’ so I went over to see if everything was alright and asked him if he was okay.

“He didn’t say anything so I tapped him on the shoulder but he did nothing and looked white.”

Calmly and quickly, Sam went to find his manager, Vicky Jones, and the pair were able to access a defibrillator that had recently been installed at Ainsdale train station and began to use it, ripping Duncan’s shirt open in the process.

Along with another member of staff, the three of them continued to try to resuscitate him until the ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.

Unfortunately for many months, Sam and Vicky did not know if Duncan had survived his ordeal until  he suddenly appeared at the cafe door!

Vicky said: “It was like a miracle! We were terrified that the worst happened to Duncan. We had no way of knowing what had happened but we were delighted to see him again.”

Last week, to mark one year since his heart attack, Duncan popped into Mecycle to give Sam and Vicky a cake to say thank you.

Duncan said: “If it wasn’t for the bravery and quick thinking of Sam and Vicky then I could have been a gonner!

“I have been back in to MeCycle lots of times and I always look out for Sam and say hello and thank you. He really did save my life.”



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