The family of an elderly Northamptonshire who died at home have thanked an MP for trying to save his life.
Michael Ellis MP was drumming up Conservative party support in the Moulton area, when Joyce Osborne, 86, rushed out into the street in distress.
She had just found her husband, Albert, slumped in a chair and told the MP that her husband was unresponsive and was not breathing.
Mr Ellis went into their house, phoned for an ambulance, got Albert onto the floor and started delivering CPR under the guidance of the ambulance control operator.
Though Mr Osborne sadly passed away, his family say they will be ‘eternally grateful’ to Mr Ellis for what he did to help.
Granddaughter Leah Meftah, 41 - who was speaking about the emergency, which happened last month, in support of the St John Ambulance Save a Life September campaign - said: “Mr Ellis acted straight away.
“He made sure everything possible was done to help my granddad and he didn’t hesitate to deliver CPR.
“Sadly it wasn’t possible to save my grandfather but our family will be eternally grateful to him for what he did, he was amazing. And for looking after my grandmother in her time of need too.
“Some people are frightened to help in this kind of situation because they don’t know what to do.
“I have done my first aid training and I would encourage as many people as possible to learn first aid so that they too could help in an emergency situation.
“If more people learnt basic first aid it could help save more lives,” she added.
Mr Osborne, was 92, and lived in Moulton. Albert and Joyce had been married for 66 years.
The family got in touch with Mr Ellis afterwards to thank him for what he did.
Shortly after the incident, Mr Ellis supported St John Ambulance’s Save a Life September first aid drive at Weston Favell Shopping Centre.
Volunteers from the charity were demonstrating techniques that could potentially save a life, including how to deliver CPR.
Speaking at the time of the first aid training at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre Mr Ellis said: “I was delighted to join local volunteers from St John Ambulance at their annual Save a Life September first aid drive.
“Basic first aid skills are an essential skill that everybody should try to learn as you never know when you might need them.”
Chris Thornton, director for St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, said: “We’re always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid – because even the most simple skills can save a life.
Our goal is to make sure that, wherever a first aid emergency occurs, someone is on hand with the skills to help.”
For more information about first aid training with St John Ambulance, to download its free first aid app, or for first aid tips online, visit www.sja.org.uk