Earlier this week we reported the ‘Arnison Angels’ saved a mum who collapsed and stopped breathing on a Christmas shopping trip with her family has met the ‘Arnison angels’ who saved her life.
Catherine Maguire, 48, was shopping with her husband and three children on Christmas Eve at Sainsbury’s Durham’s Arnison Centre when she suddenly collapsed.
The alarm was raised by staff and first aider Janet Atkinson, a Sainsbury’s employee, came to Catherine’s aid.
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She was followed by husband and wife Durham Constabulary PSCOs Debbie Sadler-Knox and Malcom Knox who happened to be patrolling in the area.
Janet and Debbie gave Catherine CPR and were joined by another Sainsbury’s employee, Lee White.
A short time later, off-duty paramedic Stephen Tate (pictured with Debbie, Catherine, her husband John and their three daughters) saw what was happening and also assisted.
As luck would have it the store had a portable defibrillator which was used on Catherine, who had suffered a heart attack.
She was then airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.
Thankfully Catherine, from Framwellgate Moor, is now recovering well from the near-death experience due to the quick actions of all involved.
She said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. From the Sainsbury’s staff to police, to the health services.
“Everyone was just fantastic and really did save my life.”
PSCO Debbie Sadler-Knox said: “When I saw what was happening, the training just kicked in and thankfully everything turned out ok.
“It is just great to see Catherine here with her family in much happier circumstances.”