‘I gave dad CPR as fiancé ran for defibrillator which saved him with one shock’
A woman who gave CPR to her dad after he suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest has told how he came back to life thanks to a single defibrillator shock.
Jodie Sutcliffe, 24, ran to help dad Michael, 54, after he collapsed in their garden.
She kept him alive using CPR while her fiancé Luke Kelso, 26, went to get the nearest defibrillator, located half a mile away at the cricket club.
Before Luke returned with the device paramedics had arrived and managed to revive Michael with a single defib blast.
Jodie, a children’s nursery worker, is backing the Mirror’s campaign for defibrillators to be made a legal requirement in public places in the UK.
She said: “We kept my dad alive by performing CPR for 10 minutes-plus. Then with one shock of a defib, he came round within minutes. It proves it really works.
“Defibrillators need to be as common as a fire extinguisher.”
The devices have been in the spotlight since former Spurs star Christian Eriksen, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match with Finland on June 12. He was given CPR on the pitch and shocked back to life.
Jodie’s dad Michael collapsed on May 16 at his family home in Burnley, Lancs.
His daughter believes that without her CPR training he could have died.
She had returned from a shopping trip with her mum Catherine, 47, when they were surprised to see night-worker Michael still up and about.
Jodie said: “I went up and asked if he was OK, to which he said ‘Yes, love, fine’, so I went to my bedroom.
“Mum made him a brew and they went into the garden so she could finish her planting.” After a couple of minutes of chatting Michael stopped replying.
Jodie then heard her younger brother Bradley, 16, shouting for help and saying “Dad is dying”.
She and Luke lifted Michael from a chair on to the ground and put him in the recovery position.
Older brother Ben, 30, rang 999 and Jodie and a neighbour took turns doing CPR.
Jodie said: “We worked on my dad for around 10 minutes or so before the ambulance arrived.
“The operator on the phone sent us for the defibrillator nearby. It’s approximately a nine-minute walk there.
“As it was quite far, the ambulance had already arrived and the crew had started to work on him.”
Paramedics restarted Michael’s heart with a shock from their own defibrillator. He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital then transferred to Blackpool.
Jodie, who has set up a Just Giving page to raise £2,500 to have two extra defibrillator units installed in her neighbourhood, said that her dad is now recovering well.
She added: “I can’t stress enough how important CPR is and I recommend anyone to take time to know the steps that can help to save a life.
“I would never have known how much defibs were needed in these situations until it happened to us and we needed one – and fast.”
The British Heart Foundation says a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest drop by 10% for every minute without CPR or defibrillation.
Eriksen has now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a device similar to a pacemaker designed to shock the heart back into a regular rhythm to prevent cardiac arrest.