Cyclist brought back to life by passers-by in Billinge using defibrillator

From left, Derek Garland, landlord of the Eagle and Child pub presents a defibrillator to Ashley Williams from Billinge News and Booze - the life-saving equipment was funded by the team at the Eagle and Child and is the second defibrillator they have bought for members of the community.
From left, Derek Garland, landlord of the Eagle and Child pub presents a defibrillator to Ashley Williams from Billinge News and Booze - the life-saving equipment was funded by the team at the Eagle and Child and is the second defibrillator they have bought for members of the community.

Heroic members of the public brought a stricken road accident victim back to life using a defibrillator installed only weeks ago.

The incident occurred at around 10.30am on Tuesday when the cyclist, believed to be in his 50s, was struck by a vehicle as he rode along Main Street in Billinge.

Ashley Williams, sub-postmaster at Billinge News and Booze, said that he ran outside with the new piece of equipment after someone came into the shop asking for help for the crash victim.

He said: “They ran in saying they needed the defibrillator because someone had stopped breathing.

“All I saw was the dentist from nearby giving him CPR. He shocked him twice and he started breathing.

“There was a retired doctor who said he has never seen one used before. He said if it hadn’t been there he wouldn’t have made it.”

The dentist who performed the CPR has been named locally as Alec Bate, of Billinge Family Dental Practice.

Deborah Benali, Alec’s partner who also works in dental practices, wrote on a community social media page: “We all do the defibrillator training but it’s so very different when it’s a real life situation. Super-proud of you and all that assisted in helping this poor guy.”

An eyewitness added: “I was passing and saw the dental staff working on him, sent shivers

down my spine. A massive well done to all involved.”

The man, who has not yet been identified, was rushed to hospital by paramedics. His condition is currently unknown.

Derek Garland, the manager of the Eagle and Child pub who led the campaign to get two defibrillators installed in Billinge, said: “A guy was giving CPR so Ashley has run across with the machine.

“It’s actually re-started his heart. We don’t know his position and he has been taken to hospital but it could be good news.

“This could have saved a life at the end of the day and that means the defibrillator has automatically paid for itself.”

The defibrillator was installed at Billinge News and Booze in mid-October.