A holidaymaker from Worksop who collapsed and ‘died’ in a Bournemouth hotel is planning a return visit to see the manager who brought him back to life.
Lew Bell, 84, was staying at the Days Hotel Marsham Court in the seaside town when he suffered a massive heart attack in his room.
His wife Margaret raised the alarm and hotel manager Rosie Wallace rushed up two flights of stairs to get to her guest.
Using CPR and resuscitation techniques, Rosie worked on Lew for eight minutes until paramedics arrived and took over.
Lew was then taken from the hotel in Russell Cotes Road on the East Cliff to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
He was there for three weeks and had a pacemaker fitted while wife Margaret continued her stay at the hotel.
Now, four months after the drama that happened the day before his birthday, Lew is making a good recovery and is looking forward to another visit.
He had only been at the hotel for an hour when he collapsed and Rosie’s actions in saving him were made more difficult because she was wearing a leg brace following an injury.
She said: “I found Mr Bell collapsed and basically ‘gone’.”
“His wife was obviously distraught, but my adrenaline kicked in and I just set to work with CPR.”
“After four minutes I was becoming exhausted, and knew Mr Bell’s chances of survival were getting slimmer by the minute. But I just kept going.”
“When the paramedics arrived, they said his chances were small, but that I just might have saved his life.”
“After they left, I just started shaking and crying.”
“But then came the elation when we heard that he was going to be okay.”
Rosie and three other Days Hotel managers are trained in CPR. Rosie also has a paediatric first aid qualification.
When Lew was discharged from hospital, the hotel hosted him and his wife for a two-day ‘holiday’ before they returned to Worksop.
Lew said: “My life was saved because of Rosie and Bournemouth.”
“If it had happened at home, I don’t think anyone would have got to me in time.
“She now jokes that she ‘kissed me’ before we even met - I can’t thank her enough and I am looking forward to visiting her again, as soon as I am strong enough.”
Margaret, 80, added: “What makes the whole thing even more miraculous is that we weren’t even supposed to be staying at the Days Hotel - our hotel in Bournemouth was overbooked. But thank goodness we were there.”
Rosie has since received the first National Coastal Tourism Academy Customer Service Award in 2014, as a result of her actions.
She said: “I’m just glad I was around for Lew in those vital moments.”
“And we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back as soon as he is well enough - but for a much more relaxing break this time around.”
Rob Horton, community responder manager for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Cardiac arrest does not discriminate against age, sex or fitness - it can happen to anyone at any time.”
“I am delighted that Rosie was able perform CPR to help Mr Bell and it is her early intervention that undoubtedly helped to save his life.”