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I just had to perform CPR in the carpark of a reserve near my office to a bloke who’d overdosed on heroin. 

 
Effectively I was driving by after a site visit and saw a woman (also a junkie) performing CPR and ripped into the carpark to assist and then took over the CPR when she began to freak out and wasn’t capable of continuing on at the instruction of the woman on speakerphone on Triple 0. Luckily he’d began very shallow breathing so I only had to do compressions and old mate rose like Lazarus just as the ambulance pulled in. 
 
All my younger years working as a lifeguard and this was my first time giving CPR. It’s a lot easier on a real body than one of those Royal Life Saving dummies!!
 
Farken shaking like a leaf still!
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Well done

Tue, 2018-07-17 15:34

Well done Jack!

Lucky you happened to be driving past. 

Or were you itching to be added to the "heros" thread tonight after a certain someone has had a few Krakens? ;)

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Lol

Tue, 2018-07-17 15:37

 Lol. Nice work frosty.

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And have Elon Musk call me a

Tue, 2018-07-17 15:48

And have Elon Musk call me a paedo for cruising passed a public reserve, no thanks haha

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well done to you mate

Tue, 2018-07-17 15:37

 had to do this a few years ago also. stressful, blood pumping (no pun intended) thing to experience.

always makes me think about if i dropped for some reason whether someone would a) know what to do; b) be willing to do so before it was too late.

couple of nerve steadiers tonight.

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Well done

Tue, 2018-07-17 16:20

 Frosty

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 well done . certainly not

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:04

 well done . certainly not the thing many would do these days. junkie or not you helped save another persons life. 

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 One of those things where

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:10

 One of those things where you either react and help or become a spectator. 

A lot of the time it’s a reflex action. 

Good to see and hear it had a positive outcome. 

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well done

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:28

Hopefully the guy might value his life a little more now.

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 Well done mate. hopefully

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:31

 Well done mate. hopefully you can calm down and appreciate how lucky he was you were going past. Hopefully it is also the trigger the junkie needs to sharpen up.

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 Well done Frosty, this is

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:41

 Well done Frosty, this is all too close home for me with events of late. Good to hear of a positive oiutcome. 

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Onya

Tue, 2018-07-17 20:01

 Jack 

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Well done

Tue, 2018-07-17 21:36

Good on you. In this day and age it must be hard to feel safe helping someone like that.

You are a hero. I bet the nerves are still racing.

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CPR..

Tue, 2018-07-17 21:46

few years ago I drove bye the bob janes

and ambos we're doing chest compressions

on this large lady the ambo looked up at

me as he was away!! Never forget that .

Seen the bob Jane guys at the lunch bar

few weeks later .. she died there and then. 

Sends chills down me thinking about it !

good work frosty .. some arnt as lucky!

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Well done Jack

Tue, 2018-07-17 21:50

 Always wondered how I'd react to an emergency like that. Haven't been tested yet. Hats off to you mate.

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May good karma always be with you

Tue, 2018-07-17 22:49

You have saved some ones life, there can be no greater gift than that

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Not too often nowadays

Wed, 2018-07-18 05:12

 you hear of people on the harry h bomb (heroin). Most of the junkies nowadays are all on the glass bbq.

It’s good you did what you did to help old mate stick around. The concerning part is often such people don’t learn the lesson and will be back to old habits before you know it. 

But top job for stepping in and helping regardless

 

cheers

 

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nice to know people will

Wed, 2018-07-18 07:36

nice to know people will still just jump in and have ago at helping someone ..

should be proud of yourself jack !!!

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Cheers lads and it’s been a

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:19

Cheers lads and it’s been a pretty surreal experience and one I always hoped I’d never have to deal with and one I’ll gladly never have to deal with again and had time to reflect on the full situation.

 
I was driving passed a reserve and looked in the carpark and saw a woman doing CPR and thought to myself “that’s a really strange place to be practicing on your CPR dummy” and it was at that moment it clicked what was happening and I had a flicker of flight response but knew I was first on the scene and had to at the very least make sure an ambulance had been called. I asked her if she needed me to call 000 and did only to be told she was on the phone to them and an ambulance was on the way so reassured her. On arrival I knew straight away looking at them I was dealing with a heroin OD and the woman was doing CPR under the guidance of the 000 operator to a level where I was happy to let her keep going in case of a needlestick injury or exposure to Hepatitis by giving mouth to mouth and I got down opposite her to check his vital signs in between breaths.
 
By this stage all thoughts of him being a junky with a self-inflicted OD were out the window and this was a human being, son, brother, grandson that needed help of the most grave kind. He was sheet white and had dark blue lips and after what seems like an eternity but was probably a minute noticed a flicker of his eye and a tiny gasp and I was holding his hand verbally encouraging him to squeeze and making sure his head was back to open the airway. This was the stage where the woman ceased CPR and was trying to slap him and splash water on him and through all the mayhem I could hear the 000 operator continually telling her not to stop the compressions so I asked if she wanted me to take over and without hesitation went into the zone and begun compressions. I remembered a conversation I’d had with Dad (a 40y firefighter) a while back that they were now moving towards compressions being the primary treatment as the compressions are enough to get some air into the lungs so made a conscious decision to go with that and not expose myself to any disease transmission danger and to get the woman to do the breaths if he needed it.
 
After one round of compressions he reached up and grabbed my hand but passed out again so I went another round of compressions and this was when he came to and sat bolt upright like Frankenstein coming to life. I positioned myself behind him to support him and tried to get him to lean against the car and after a few minutes he bloody stands up and I could hear the welcome sound of the ambulance sirens so I just held him under the arm to support him until they took over. He even managed to come to enough to shake my hand and thank me for the help.
 
Anyway back to putting bandaids on my kid's skinned knees for me please!
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 Your point about him being

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:32

 Your point about him being someone's son, brother , grandson is what it's all about mate. Unfortunately some people carry these demons around with them for life and it's basically a matter of when they pay the piper. I'll tell you what I meant above when I see you.

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 Awsome job! Hopefully its

Wed, 2018-07-18 13:04

 Awsome job! Hopefully its the wake up call this couple need and you've not only saved his life but changed both for the better as well, your a strong bloke for stepping in and taking control alot of blokes maybe me included would be too scared or worried to take over. Well done! Bag outs for life for you now

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I lived on and off the street

Wed, 2018-07-18 17:30

I lived on and off the street from 15 these people don't learn mate his probably robbing someone or shooting up as we speak brave man putting your mouth near one of them mongrels

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