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Thanks for students who helped heart attack victim

REUNION: Norman Farnworth with Sam Ashcroft, Jess Smith-Todd and Corin Williams, who received a commendation from the college for their actions

REUNION: Norman Farnworth with Sam Ashcroft, Jess Smith-Todd and Corin Williams, who received a commendation from the college for their actions

A heart attack victim has been reunited with the students who rushed to help him.

Norman Farnworth, 75, has thanked the Runshaw students who came to his aid after he collapsed outside the college as he walked his dog in Leyland.

Mr Farnworth said: “I don’t know what would have happened if they weren’t there,” he said.

“It was fortunate that it happened outside the college and not at Worden Park which is where I had just been.

“It was a good thing they were on hand and they were fairly clued up and acted so promptly. They were so helpful, and I’d like to thank them very much.”

The grandad-of-three was walking his dog Buster when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Public Services students Oliver Walkden, Jess Smithtodd and Sam Ashcroft used the knowledge they had learnt as part of their course to bandage up Mr Farnworth’s head wounds, and put him in the recovery position as they waited for paramedics. A fourth student, Corin Williams, also helped at the scene.

Mr Farnworth said: “I was on my way back home and I started to feel dizzy, then I just blacked out.

“I remember waking up and the students were around me, and I was being put into an ambulance.

“I had quite a deep cut in my head, and I also had a bruise on the brain, but tests have shown that is all okay now.

“I was in hospital for 12 days and I had an MRI scan for my heart.”

Mr Farnworth, who lives with his wife Pat in one of the estates close to the Langdale Road campus, is now recovering at home.

Principal Simon Partington, who has awarded all four students with the principal’s commendation, said: “I know that I speak on behalf of all staff and students at Runshaw College when I say that we are enormously proud of them.”

 

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