A construction worker who nearly died after he collapsed in Surrey Quays is said to be making a good recovery in hospital after a police officer spent 23 minutes giving him CPR.
When Rui Andrade began to feel pains in his chest, he stepped outside to get some fresh air.
But within seconds of stepping outside, he collapsed to the ground after suffering a massive heart attack.
PC Mitchell Howton and his colleague were nearby and rushed over to Rui to give him life-saving first aid.
All police officers are trained in Emergency Life Support, meaning that PC Mitchell and his colleague knew precisely what they needed to do.
PC Howton immediately contacted the Met’s control room and requested the assistance of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
As he waited for his LAS colleagues to arrive on the scene, PC Howton continued to keep Rui alive by performing life-saving CPR for a total of 23 minutes until Rui was handed over to paramedics.
Rui ended up spending two weeks in a coma. But thanks to the quick actions of PC Howton, Rui is now able to talk and eat again.
Last week Rui had an emotional reunion with the hero officer, who has been on the force for two years.
“I cannot thank Mitch enough for what he did for me that day – he is a hero to me. I will hold him in my heart and life forever now”.
Rui’s thirteen-year-old son also thanked PC Howton, saying “Thank you for saving my dad’s life”.
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