Diner helps as man has cardiac arrest in cafe

A cafe boss has praised a quick-thinking customer who came to the rescue of a diner having a suspected heart attack.

The man and his partner were visiting Uncle Ste’s Diner in Leigh on Wednesday morning when he suddenly became unwell.

Laura Croft, a partner in the cafe, said: “His girlfriend said he went to stand up and he felt a bit light-headed so he sat back down. She said he had the menu in his hand and scrunched it up. She thought he was messing about. He just fell forward then.”

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Laura’s partner Connor Hughes called 999 and a customer started to perform CPR on the poorly man.

The incident happened at Uncle Ste's Dinner. Pic: Google Street View

She said: “He didn’t stop giving him CPR until the ambulance arrived. He was absolutely fantastic.

“I’m not great in a situation like that and I would panic, so I’m very glad he was there.”

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Paramedics arrived and treated the man at the Railway Road diner before taking him to hospital.

A relative later phoned the cafe to let Laura know he was stable in hospital, while the man who carried out CPR also phoned to check on him.

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He revealed he had previously saved someone using CPR and had also had a heart attack himself.

Laura said: “It was a great thing that he did and I can’t thank him enough. There’s definitely a free breakfast here for him.”

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Laura and Connor are both now planning to sign up for first aid courses, in case another emergency happens at the diner in future.

She said: “It’s something we need to do. A first aider in the area is going to be a good thing.”

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