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  • 23 August 2021
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    Nissan worker saves a life!

    Whilst on his way to work, a worker from Nissan's Sunderland plant, performed life-saving CPR on an elderly cyclist.
Whilst Karl Harrison was traveling to work on the morning of August 12th, he became a hero! He leaped into action and performed life-saving CPR on a 76 year old man when he had collapsed off of his bike whilst experiencing a cardiac arrest. Karl was able to perform the CPR as he had taken a first aid training course, with North East Ambulance Ambulance Service, for his Quality Assurance job with Nissan.

As soon as Karl recognised the signs of cardiac arrest, he immediatly began chest compressions, whilst somebody else rang 999. When paramedics and police arrived shortly afterwards, they were able to assist with a defibrilator and the revive the 76 year old man. He was then transported to hospital, where it is said he is in a stable condition. The emergency services have stated that Karl's intervention almost certainly assisted in keeping the man alive. 

PC Mary-Anne Hutchinson visited the Nissan Plant last week in order to update Karl on the eldery mans condition, but to also thank him for his fast thinking and help. 

she said: “There is no doubt that the CPR delivered by Karl in the moments after the cyclist collapsed have saved his life.

“He did not think twice about intervening and delivering first aid to this stranger who had collapsed in front of him on his morning commute.

“We have spoken to the cyclist’s family and he is stable in hospital and very grateful to Karl for what he did that day.

“Karl should be very proud of himself and it was our pleasure to meet him on Thursday and deliver the good news about the patient.”


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Karl, 43, who lives in Hartlepool, said: “It’s not what you expect at about 7am on your way into work, but human instinct to help just kicks in.

“When I did my CPR training with Nissan and the Ambulance Service I hoped I’d never have to use it, but this just shows why it is so important to get this training.

“I don’t even normally drive that way – by chance I had taken a detour to a newsagents on my way in. It was a collective effort from me and some other passers-by to keep him alive until the paramedics arrived.

“I’m just glad he’s going to be okay.”

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