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Officer helps save life of man in coffee shop

News   •   Jan 17, 2017 05:59 GMT

A quick-thinking officer has been praised for helping to save the life of a man who collapsed in a coffee shop with a suspected heart attack.

Newham Sergeant Sally Longhurst was working in Westminster on the afternoon of Sunday, 15 January. As she was taking a break at the Café Nero in Lancaster Place, WC2 at approximately 14:00hrs, a member of the public was taken ill as he waited to be served.

As the man's condition worsened, PS Longhurst began to treat him and commenced CPR while London Ambulance Service were called.

At the same time a member of the public issued an alert via a Smartphone application called GoodSAM Responder and a medic in the area responded to the call for assistance. The app allows members of the public to dial the emergency services and at the same time notify nearby medically qualified responders of a medical emergency.

London Ambulance Service then arrived on scene and took control of the treatment while PS Longhurst, other police officers and the medic who had responded to the alert worked in rotation to continue chest compressions on the unresponsive man in his 40s.

After half an hour, the man had regained consciousness and he was taken to a south London hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Chief Inspector Stephen Manger of Westminster Police said: "The LAS team and responders were impressed with the initial response of the police officers and medic and their continued assistance throughout the treatment.

"They stated that, due to their early actions, a life had been saved."