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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 09:23
Alan Linton, 42, collapsed at Charleton golf course after suffering a heart attack but was resuscitated by his friends who remembered a TV advert on CPR featuring Vinnie Jones.
In the recorded 999 call Mr. Linton's friends made to the emergency services, Paul Pinkey can be heard shouting "I'm doing the Staying Alive thing" whilst performing chest compressions.
The group of four had been out on the sixth green on the Charleton course at Fife when Linton felt dizzy, fell to his knees and then to the floor. Despite initially thinking he was joking, his friends reacted quickly and Brian Enderson called 999 whilst Pinkey started to resuscitate.
"The ad had been on the week before, it had been on a couple of times," said Paul Pinkey. "If it hadn't have been for Vinnie Jones you'd have looked at it and gone 'Yeah, whatever' but because he was doing it it just sticks in your head. It came straight to us. I was playing the whole thing in my head. We sang it out loud for a bit. It obviously works."
The incident is one of 15 cases cited by the British Heart Foundation to prove that their informational advert has been a success. Despite complaints from 20 members of the public that it taught an incorrect method for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the advert starring Vinnie Jones was cleared today by a watchdog of complaints.
Mr Linton was airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he remained for three weeks. He thanked his friends, paramedics and call handler for saving his life.
Alan McIntyre was one of the paramedics who raced to the scene. He said: "We know from evidence that the quicker you do something the better the outcome. Vinnie Jones on one prime time advert got the message across to these guys about the benefit of quick actions."
CPR Training is vital to saving lives in the event of a cardiac arrest which is why Hand on Heart believes it is crucial to teach children these life-saving skills.