A 22-year-old saved a man’s life in Bristol after noticing a “commotion” a few cars ahead of him in a queue of traffic on Redcliff Street.
Morgan Sherlock, from Plymouth, has been working for Virgin Media for three and a half years and recently underwent training at work on First Aid and how to use a defibrillator.
Little did he know he would use his newfound skills to save a man’s life on his drive home from Bristol to Plymouth after a job on Friday night (August 20.)
Morgan told Plymouth Live how he was alerted to a “commotion” a few cars ahead of him in a queue of traffic on Redcliff Street.
Seconds later, a stranger called for anyone with First Aid skills to assist – and Morgan ran to help and soon had to use the defibrillator to save a man’s life.
He told Plymouth Live: “I was working in Bristol for two weeks, I started on the 9th and my last day was the 20th.
“I was driving home [to Plymouth] along Redcliff Street in the middle of Bristol City Centre and I noticed a bit of commotion a few cars’ ahead. I notice someone asking if anybody was a First Aid trained.
“I got there and a middle-aged gentleman was foaming at the mouth, I grabbed my defibrillator and first aid kit from the van and a member of the public got him [the poorly man] out of his car.
“He was quite absent [unresponsive], to be honest.
“There was a student nurse or paramedic nearby who took the man’s pulse while I got the defibrillator out.
“He realised there was no pulse and started CPR. While he did, I prepped the man, I shaved his chest for the defibrillator.
“We did five rounds of CPR and two shocks from the AED [automated external defibrillator]. It scans everything, it’s an amazing piece of equipment..
“After two shocks, it was like a light switch [had been flicked] – the man was completely back [awake] but quite disorientated.”
Morgan says a doctor, ambulance and police officer then arrived and the man was taken away on a stretcher.
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It’s understood that the quick-thinking actions of Morgan and the student paramedic saved the man’s life.
Morgan, a field service technician, has been praised by his duty manager, James Fisher, for saving the gentleman’s life.
“He used his training, defibbed the guy twice and revived him. What an incredible act to perform!” James said. “He truly is a lovely young lad, to think he had the composure to use the defib and training we gave him for the first time and to have saved a family man’s life!”
Humble Morgan would like to thank the student nurse/paramedic, whose name he unfortunately didn’t hear, for his involvement saving the man’s life.
PlymouthLive understands police attended the scene and the poorly gentleman was assessed by an ambulance after Morgan and the paramedic had saved his life.