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Hero PE teacher Jess saves neighbour's life in Stroud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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When Jess Lee heard frantic knocking on her door at 4am, she never thought she’d be about to save a life.

But that’s exactly what the 22-year-old PE teacher did when she answered her neighbour’s desperate cry for help.

Jess was woken in the early hours on Tuesday last week by her neighbour.

“I heard the banging on the door and at first I wasn’t sure about answering the door,” said Jess, who lives off Stratford Road in Stroud.

“Then I heard that it was my neighbour who lives a couple of doors away.

“I only knew her to say hello to, but just a couple of week’s earlier I did tell her that I had done a first aid refresher course.”

Her neighbour told Jess that her 42-year-old husband had collapsed.

“I had never met her husband, Wayne, before, or been in their flat.

“When I went round he was ‘dead’. He had no heart beat, no pulse, and was blue,” said Jess.

Her training kicked in and she immediately started CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while Wayne’s wife called an ambulance.

Jess performed life-saving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions for seven minutes until the ambulance team arrived.

“He had no pulse and was very blue.

“But after four minutes, I reassessed him and there was a weak heart beat.

“I’ve never done anything like that before. I‘ have firs aid training

“I’ve dealt with cuts and bruises because of my job, but nothing like this.

“Adrenalin just kicks in, and there was somebody that needed my help. I just did what I could.”

Wayne was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and has since been transferred to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Jess is reluctant to be described as a hero.

“I would do what I did for anybody.

“But I was very thankful that I had done my first aid course.”

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  • Heartbreak  |  January 23 2014, 1:44PM

    Great story. Why not learn how to save a life too and book onto one of the Stop the Heartbreak CPR and defibrilation courses at the University of Gloucestershire during the two day heart screening event on the 8th and 9th of April. See: https://store.glos.ac.uk/ and choose the professional and short courses menu Alternatively you can email stoptheheartbreak@glos.ac.uk for further details

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  • Heartbreak  |  January 23 2014, 1:40PM

    Great story. If you want to learn about how to save a life why not book onton one of the Stop the Heartbreak CPR and Defbrilation training courses trking place during the two day heart screening event at the University of Gloucestershire on the 8th and 9th of April. See: https://store.glos.ac.uk/ and choose the professional and short courses menu Alternatively you can email stoptheheartbreak@glos.ac.uk for further details

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