A HEALTH CARE assistant arrived in the nick of time to help save the life of a man after he suffered a heart attack while out cycling.
Peter Hemsworth had collapsed at the side of the road in Horbury Bridge before Theresa Normington, on her way to work, spotted him and rushed to his aid.
Ms Normington immediately noticed that his heart wasn’t beating and he had stopped breathing, so she phoned the emergency services.
She carried out life-saving CPR on the 58-year-old until paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.
Peter was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, where he spent time in the Intensive Care Unit after it was confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack.
He is now back home in Ossett, recovering slowly and attending rehabilitation appointments twice a week at Pinderfields Hospital.
Last week Peter was reunited with Ms Normington. His wife Karen said: “What do you say to someone who’s done something like this? Thank you for saving my husband’s life! There just aren’t enough words to say enough thank you.
“We are also very grateful to a gentleman called Martyn Brook who was passing by at the time and came over to help.”
Ms Normington, who works for the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I believe I did nothing different to what anyone else would have done.
“I was just there at the right time. I’m pleased I was there to be able to have helped Peter. It’s a good opportunity to highlight the importance of CPR training to the public.”
The Mid Yorkshire Trust’s director of operations Debbie Newton said: “While Theresa doesn’t believe she has done anything out of the ordinary, we know that she was instrumental in saving Mr Hemsworth’s life and we are extremely proud of her.”