Heart attack victim’s life saved by Asda staff and customers

From left: Asda's Malcolm Wood, technology colleague, and Chris Kelly, security colleague, being thanked for their actions by Adrian London, store manager.
From left: Asda's Malcolm Wood, technology colleague, and Chris Kelly, security colleague, being thanked for their actions by Adrian London, store manager.

The quick action of staff and customers at Boston’s Asda store helped to save the life of an elderly man who collapsed at the site last week.

The 77-year-old Boston man had suffered a cardiac arrest in the Lister Way store’s car park.

A customer raised the alarm to staff - and security guard Chris Kelly put a call out over the tannoy. Luckily two off-duty nurses and a doctor shopping there answered the call to help - performing CPR while staff member Malcolm Wood set up the defibrillator.

With this piece of equipment, installed last year in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the team were able to re-start the man’s heart and save his life.

“Without the defibrillator on hand the situation could have been much worse,” said the store’s community life champion Stephen Bromby. “We’re proud of how staff acted quickly to help this man.”

The man was taken to Pilgrim Hospital where he is currently recovering.

Without the defibrillator on hand the situation could have been much worse

Stephen Bromby

A relative, who asked not to be named, said: “It was very fortunate there were medical staff in the store at the time - and fantastic they had a defibrillator. Asda, the Pilgrim staff and the BHF really deserve praise.”

Mr Bromby added: “We’re so pleased Asda took the initiative to install defibrillators in all of its stores. We get thousands of people through our doors each week and, like any public place, there can be rare occurrences when defibrillators are needed. We’re very happy to be able to give something back to the local community to help protect the health of our customers.”