Forget fast food: a duo’s fast response was key in saving a man’s life at the Liphook Services McDonald’s.
Tiegan Gummery, 22, and Luca Robinson, 18, can now add 'hero' to their CV after rushing to man's aid when they heard a customer yell “someone is having a heart attack”.
A 29-year-old who had been feeling unwell had pulled off the A3 and suffered a cardiac arrest in the Liphook Services McDonald’s car park just 30m from the restaurant.
Tiegan raced to call 999 while trainee shift manager Luca performed CPR which was said to have been ‘vital in saving the man’s life’.
The on-site paramedic, Jack Ansell, said: “The actions of Luca and Tiegan undoubtedly contributed to the excellent outcome we had at the scene of the incident.
"Luckily, a local fire engine was also able to attend with a defibrillator which was invaluable. However, the CPR administered by the Liphook Services McDonald’s team bought him the time to allow a defibrillator to be used.”
Tiegan and Luca helped the 29-year-old beat the odds. Usually fewer than one in ten people in the UK survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest because of the lack of CPR training and limited defibrillator access.
Tiegan explained how glad she is that first aid training is a requirement when working at McDonald’s. She explained: “So even though it was a scary situation I felt confident and capable in what I was doing.”
Luca added: “Situations like this show how vital first aid training is, without it I dread to think what could have happened. It was a proud moment for Tiegan and I and I’m glad we were able to help out.”
McDonald’s franchisee Mark Schweizer, who owns and operates 14 other restaurants, said: “When I heard about what happened I was bursting with pride at the unbelievable courage of my team.
“Their quick thinking and prompt actions helped save a life that day, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
McDonald’s have now donated a defibrillator to the Liphook Services which will be permanently available for anyone in who needs it.