Mike’s debt of gratitude for life-saving skills

Heart attack survivor Mike Higginbottom with the people who saved his life. John Taylor and Ryan Westney in the centre with David Smith, Graham Moore, Melanie Beck and Warren Bostock.
Heart attack survivor Mike Higginbottom with the people who saved his life. John Taylor and Ryan Westney in the centre with David Smith, Graham Moore, Melanie Beck and Warren Bostock.
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A HEART attack survivor returned to the gym where he suffered his brush with death to say a personal ‘thank you’ to the people who saved his life.

Mike Higginbottom suffered the potentially fatal cardiac arrest at Hillsborough Leisure Centre last summer.

One year on, he returned to the centre to meet the staff who helped saved his life when they rushed to his rescue and raised the alarm.

Just a few months before the incident Westfield Health, the Sheffield-based insurers, had donated an automated electronic defibrillator or AED to the centre and staff had received training from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in how to use it.

It meant employees on the day of the attack immediately recognised what was happening to Mike and performed life-saving treatment which continued until ambulance clinicians arrived at the scene.

The 63-year-old is now making a steady recovery and returned to say thank you in person to staff and representatives from the leisure centre, ambulance service and Westfield Health.