Hero butcher saves woman’s life after she collapses outside shop

A hero butcher who had “only seen CPR on TV” saved a woman’s life after she collapsed while suffering a cardiac arrest outside the shop.

Gordon Tranter, assistant manager at Alan Warwick Butchers in Brierley Hill, had no previous training or experience but recognised the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest and was able to call 999 and begin administering CPR on Thursday, June 17.

Mr Tranter has now been presented with a public commendation award by West Midlands Ambulance Service for his lifesaving actions.

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Every minute a person in cardiac arrest goes without CPR or defibrillation, their survival chances reduce by seven to 10 per cent and in 2020, the Resus Council reported that only one third of people in the UK would be confident performing CPR on a stranger.

Andy Jeynes, community response manager, who presented the award along with Dudley Councillor Adam Davies, said: “It was a great opportunity to meet Gordon, he represents a number of people who have saved a life by performing Basic Life Support. It’s a life skill similar to riding a bike, once you can do it you will never forget.

“It would be fantastic if more people were confident like Gordon to give it and go as absolutely anything you do is better than nothing at all.

“The benefits of improving bystander CPR is evidenced around the world where the highest bystander CPR rates are linked to the highest survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.

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“At the moment, over 68,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrests in the UK every year.

“If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival doubles.”

Councillor Davies said: “Like so many people, I was genuinely inspired by what Gordon did. The way he acted so instinctively and saved a life, I assumed he’d had CPR training – so when he told me he’d only ever seen CPR given on TV I was even more inspired. That’s why I reached out to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance Service to make sure this selfless act of bravery got the recognition that it deserves.

“My bigger hope is that Gordon’s example will also encourage others to step up when duty calls. That’s why I’ve also created the Best of Brierley Hill Award to further raise awareness of these kind of acts of bravery here in the Brierley Hill ward, and to recognise brilliant local people such as Gordon who step up and act with no expectation of thanks or reward.”

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