On a quiet Sunday morning Joanna’s husband Graham’s heart suddenly stopped. He became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Luckily, Joanna knew what to do and used her first aid skills saved his life.
“My first thought was to run! My daughter was screaming. But then something kicked in and I knew what I had to do,” Joanna said.
“I asked my daughter to call an ambulance and put the phone on loud speaker. Then I sent her outside to wait for the ambulance.”
Luckily, Joanna had learned first aid so she knew how to help her husband.
“I started doing chest compressions (CPR) and the emergency call handler on the phone counted me through sets of 30,” she explained.
“You have to be quite rigorous when you’re doing them, going about a third of the way into the body.
“The ambulance arrived after about eleven minutes and the crew came in.
“I literally remember standing there. I knew my arms were so sore from doing the chest compressions.
“It was the most terrifying eleven minutes of my life, but I would do it again, and again and again.
“And not just for my husband, for anyone who needed it. Because no matter who needs help, someone loves that person, it’s someone’s husband or son or daughter.”