Pensioner who suffered cardiac arrest saved when his wife took him to a VET

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Pensioner who suffered cardiac arrest saved when his wife took him to a VET



A PENSIONER who suffered a cardiac arrest was saved when his wife took him to a vet.
Hamish Ritchie, 79, collapsed as he and Jacky, 72, drove home from a garden centre.
Deadline News Hamish Ritchie and wife Jacky, who helped save his life
She knew the practice they use for pet schnauzer Penny was just a minute down the road.
Vets Robbie Norquay and Michael Kyle carried Hamish into the surgery and performed CPR for ten minutes.
Paramedics then restarted his heart with a defibrilltor.
Jacky, of Coldstream, Scottish Borders, said: “Hamish had no pulse when we got there. I ran in and asked Sheila the receptionist to call the ambulance.
“I only took him to that vet because we go there and there were no doctors nearby.
“It was traumatic. I dread to think what would have happened if he was driving.”
Hamish, now recovered from September’s drama, added: “When I collapsed and started leaning on her she thought I was joking at first. She had the initiative to get to the vet’s.”
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Hero Robbie said: “He wasn’t breathing so we got him inside.
“It was scary at the time but great to see him so well.”
The couple returned to Galedin Veterinary, Kelso, last week to see a public defibrillator they have helped buy.

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