Bingo Caller Saves Grandmother's Life

Written by: Glo Wood on 17/05/2013 20:30
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Ben Washington, a 33-year-old Mecca Bingo caller, saved the life of a 66-year-old grandmother when she had a heart attack on a bus after leaving the bingo hall.

Although trained in first aid, Washington had never put it to use on a human before. His swift action is what saved the woman, Shirley.

“He’s Ben, my guardian angel,” Shirley said. Her husband spoke about how Washington saved his wife’s life in front of 400 bingo players at the bingo hall and also presented him three bottles of his favorite alcohol, Jaegermeister.

Shirley said, “When I opened my eyes I just saw this big face coming at me and I heard Ben say ‘Shirley, come on’ and I don’t remember anything else.”

Donna Brownhill, operations manager at the bingo hall, said, “Ben is very modest but the club, the company and all our customers are very proud of him.”

Steve parry, spokesman for the ambulance service, said, “When a patient suffers a medical condition every minute counts and the sooner a member of the public come to the aid of that patient the better chances that patient has of making a full recovery.

“The help of bystanders is also helpful to the ambulance service when such situations occur.”

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