A father whose life was saved by his son using inspiration from a Bee Gees song says he is grateful for all the support he has received.
The Middy revealed how Tony O’Brien, from Haywards Heath, was revived by son Michael, 37, after a heart attack.
Michael had remembered a British Heart Foundation television ad in which the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive was used to highlight the CPR revival technique and he hummed it while he worked to keep his father alive until expert help arrived.
Tony is recovering well after being discharged from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and he contacted the Middy to pass on his thanks to everyone who gave him support as he recovered.
Surgeons have fitted a special defibrillator and inserted two stents and Tony said: “I am feeling fine, although I have a certain amount of pain because of the necessary pummelling on my chest from Michael and the paramedics when they were trying to keep me alive.”
Tony, who was helped at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, said: “I had lots and lots of get well cards.
“I just want to say to all those people who sent cards and good wishes, a sincere thank you.
“I know it seems fashionable to run down the NHS, but from the moment I regained consciousness to the moment of my release I received nothing but cheerful, considerate and expert care.”
The television clip also featured former footballer and now actor Vinny Jones.
The charity says it is impressed at the way Michael recalled the advice given in the advertisement. Michael, now a building worker, had also completed a first aid course when he was working for the Crawley Observer newspapers in Crawley.
The drama happened at the flat in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath that Michael and his father share. Simon Cartwright of the Mid Sussex Branch of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Pioneering research, patient care and providing vital information are all key parts of the British Heart Foundation’s role.
“So when we heard how the recent Vinnie Jones/Bee Gees awareness campaign had helped to save Anthony’s life it was very exciting. We wish Anthony a long and healthy future.”