A woman’s life was saved by hero members of the public who used a defibrillator to help restart her heart after she went into cardiac arrest in Brierley Hill.
The 66-year-old had collapsed outside a butcher’s in the Moor Centre, off High Street, at 10.50am this morning (June 17).
Quick thinking members of the public used a community public access defibrillator to administer a shock to her heart before medics arrived and took over.
Police also attended and cordoned off the area for safety reasons after a large crowd gathered.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “When crews arrived they found a woman in cardiac arrest with bystanders performing excellent CPR.
“A community public access defibrillator was also being used to administer a shock to the woman’s heart. Ambulance staff continued resuscitation efforts at the scene and managed to restart the woman’s heart.
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“The woman, who was in a critical condition, was quickly conveyed on blue lights to Russells Hall Hospital for further emergency care.
“Thank you to the members of the public for their quick thinking, performing excellent CPR and for assisting our crews at the scene. Their actions will have given this lady the best possible chance of survival.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We were called to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest on Brierley Hill High Street around 11am this morning (June 17).
“The incident attracted a large crowd and we closed the road for safety purposes, allowing quick access for the ambulance services.
“The 66-year-old woman has been taken to hospital for further assessment.”