Learning for Life – Simon’s Story

Early Learner CPR

A Derby man who suffered a cardiac arrest at the gym says he wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for his personal trainer.

Simon Foote, 41,  collapsed during a training session in 2015.

Thankfully, his PT, Neil Stanley, was on hand to perform CPR on him until paramedics arrived.

Simon said: ‘There were no warning signs whatsoever. I’ve always played sport. I just turned around, said ‘I don’t feel quite right’, and then bang, I just dropped.’

Simon’s wife Dawn was 20 weeks pregnant at the time, she said: ‘It was just spinning in my head, you just couldn’t process why, or how, or what had happened.

‘At that point it was the unknown – for a good few hours I thought we’d lost him.’

CPR - Simon Foote Family

Simon is one of  just 6 per cent of people in the East Midlands who survived a cardiac arrest in 2015.

He said: ‘Survival rate is low generally for this sort of thing if you’re outside hospital, so to have someone like Neil there – who was completely trained in CPR – was critical, otherwise I’m not here.’

Simon has since become a dad to a healthy baby girl called Libby – Dawn said: ‘Simon ended up having first skin-on-skin contact with our daughter.

‘The pictures still bring a tear to my eye, because that moment was just elation and joy after such a crazy few months – to have that, it just meant the world.’

The quality of CPR Neil performed on Simon that day is what saved his life and the Footes are now supporting Gem’s Learning for Life campaign to get CPR taught in schools.

Dawn said: ‘For people to be CPR trained is just as important as having a fire extinguisher in a building, it’s that fundamental of a risk to life.’

To find out more about Gem’s Learning for Life campaign, click here.




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