A retired nurse talked his trainees through saving his own life when he suffered heart failure during a CPR lecture.
David Knowles was delivering a first aid course to members of his Exeter church group when he started feeling unwell.
The 77-year-old said he felt dizzy and weak, and had to lie down.
He then instructed his trainees, who thought he was role playing, on what to do before he passed out.
“I had just started my lecture and we were talking about cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” Mr Knowles said.
“The more senior members of the group had asked for a demonstration…she thought I was role playing, but I told her it was real and that I was going to lose consciousness.”
‘I woke up weeks later’
Mr Knowles, a St John Ambulance volunteer, went into cardiac arrest, but his trainees called 999 and gave him CPR until an ambulance crew arrived.
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