THE QUICK-THINKING actions of a coffee shop manager and staff at the Touchwood shopping centre saved the life of an elderly man who collapsed from a heart attack.
Martyn Edwards, the son of 79-year-old Roy Edwards, has said his father would not be alive today if it had not been for the help he received last Thursday.
Roy had gone to Touchwood to brush up on his computer skills at the Apple Centre. He was enjoying lunch with his wife, Gian, in BBs Coffee and Muffins when he left his table to fetch a knife and fell to the ground.
After collapsing, he was put in the recovery position by Linda Jones, the coffee shop's manager, and given mouth to mouth resucitation.
Linda and a team of staff from Touchwood then used a defibrillator machine to bring him back to life after his heart stopped beating twice.
Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and he was taken to the intensive care unit at Solihull Hospital where he is expected to remain until the end of this week before being transferred to a cardiac unit.
Martyn, aged 46, said: "My father literally died and the staff at Touchwood were fantastic. If it had been for them and their first aid skills and the defribilator machine, he would not be here."
"Full credit to them, I would like to say a big thank you to all of them. It is reassuring to know that if you visit Touchwood and suffer a medical emergency, it is brilliant that they have one of these defribillator machines on hand, it shows you how safe the place is."
The defribrillator machine, is one of three donated to Touchwood by the British Heart Foundation through lottery funding and works by emitting electric shock currents to the body to get a heart beating again.
Linda, a former auxiliary nurse who used her first aid skills in the incident, dismissed suggestions she was a heroine.
"I am just relieved that Mr Edwards is OK. I just ran to help him, I didn't think about it at the time, I just did it. Mr Edwards is a regular customer and it was upsetting when it happened and I was shaking afterwards but I am pleased he is doing well. It was teamwork."
Roy, who has been asthmatic since he was a child and is receiving medication for the condition, is currently making a steady recovery in Solihull Hospital.