Daughter thanks two angels for saving dad’s life

Angela Ditchburn and Helen Foster who saved a man's life in Blyth.
Angela Ditchburn and Helen Foster who saved a man's life in Blyth.

Two women have been hailed as heroes for saving an elderly man’s life by giving him vital CPR.

The 89-year-old said he will be forever grateful to the pair who performed CPR when his heart stopped while out in Blyth Market Place recently.

Helen Foster and Angela Ditchburn were quick to react when the man suffered a heart attack and administered CPR which saved his life.

Helen said: “We just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“Angela began with chest compressions while I gave mouth-to-mouth, and luckily after minutes we managed to revive the gentleman.”

The man was then taken to the Freeman Hospital and is now back at home recuperating.

His daughter, Heather Banfield, said: “He wishes to say how grateful he is and that he wants to meet the ladies and thank them personally in the near future.

“They are skilled, brave and courageous to do what they did.

“We are forever grateful that he has been given a second bite of the cherry as he loves life, music and singing.”

“One in three people survive because of CPR,” she added.

“I’m so pleased they were there and he didn’t end up as one of the two people who would have died because it wasn’t administered. They are angels.”

Angela added: “We didn’t have to think twice about helping the man and we would do it all again without hesitation.”