‘Did you help save my father’s life?’
TWO women saved the life of a Leamington great-grandfather when he suffered a major heart attack in the town centre - but their identities remain unknown.
And now Myles Richards’ family, who have travelled from different parts of the world to see him in hospital, are desperate to find these lifesavers so that they can express their gratitude.
His daughter Vicky Mander, who was on holiday in France when 80-year-old Mr Richards suffered the attack, said: “If they had not been there, he would be dead. We are desperate to find them.
“Quite a few of us in the family were abroad at the time and we thought we were flying back to say goodbye. It was terrible, but we are so thankful.”
Mr Richards, a former plasterer who had been in good health all his life and only retired ten years ago, had walked from his home in Leicester Street to the post office in Clarendon Street on Wednesday August 8 at around 3.30pm.
Post office clerk Lisa Crompton saw him keel over as he was stepping through the doorway. She said: “There was a lady who was there who felt his pulse, then started CPR while I called an ambulance.
“Within minutes, the other lady turned up. She was a trainee doctor or nurse, so she took over the CPR. It was another three or four minutes until the ambulance arrived.
“It was horrible and upsetting to see. He did actually die on the step. I saw him go blue.”
Mr Richards, a father of five, grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of six, spent six days in intensive care at Warwick Hospital before being transferred to the cardiac unit, where he is now making a recovery.
Mrs Mander said: “He cannot believe what has happened. It has shocked him to the core. He was very tearful and would really like to meet the women who saved his life.”
The woman thought to be a trainee doctor or nurse is of Indian origin, while the other, who has blonde hair, is believed to work nearby to the post office.
The two women or anyone who may know who they are can contact Mr Richards’ wife Patricia on 772044.
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