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Appeal finds "hero" who saved man's life on Guildford High Street

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Appeal finds "hero" who saved man's life on Guildford High Street

Published at 11:59am 28th January 2018. (Updated at 4:17pm 29th January 2018)

An Eagle Radio appeal has traced the "hero" who saved a Bramley man's life on Guildford High Street. 

Geoff Woodfine (pictured above) collapsed outside the Holy Trinity Church on Saturday afternoon. 

Steve Woodhams was shopping in the area at the time, and came to the rescue as Geoff was suffering a cardiac arrest.

“This poor gentleman in front of us stumbled and fell. He literally fell like a tree straight onto his front and was immediately unconscious.", Steve's wife Julie explained. 

“A lady behind us stepped in to help as well, I think she was a student nurse.

"They both put him into the recovery position. At that point he was conscious but breathing."

"But things just escalated from there really.” 

But in the midst of him falling unwell and the ambulance service arriving, Geoff and Penny didn't obtain any contact details or ask the name of the good samaritan. 

'We'd like to thank them personally...if we could possibly find them'

On Sunday morning, his wife Penny contacted Eagle Radio to say: "My husband's life was saved yesterday (Saturday) at 1pm in Guildford High Street near Holy Trinity Church by a wonderful person who gave him Cardiac Arrest Treatment.

"He and I would like to say an enormous thank you to whoever it was. We would like to thank them personally one day if we could possibly find them."

"My husband is still in the Royal Surrey County Hospital and is being monitored. Maybe someone listening knows who the person was."

A friend of Steve and Julie Woodhams heard the appeal on Eagle Radio and got in touch with us with her contact details. 

And it turns out, the incident managed to kill two birds with one stone...

Penny told us: "To add a bit of humour to this sorry tale, while I was with my husband at the hospital I kept fainting and ended up in the A&E bed next to him so we had a double room so to speak!"

"They monitored me too and found that I have a heart problem too which I wasn’t aware of, so 2 birds with one stone...now I can get sorted out too!"

The two families have now made contact with each other and communicated their thanks.

“She (Penny) didn’t feel she could speak to us on the phone at the moment, without getting too emotional. But we are absolutely thrilled to have made contact with her.", Julie told us. 

The incident has also prompted a reminder of the importance of First Aid training.

“First Aid is something I feel really strongly about. I feel everybody should know something because doing something, is better than doing nothing."

“Just being able to give CPR whilst waiting for the ambulance service.”, Julie said. 

It's hoped Geoff will be out of the Royal Surrey County Hospital  tomorrow and we wish him a speedy recovery. 

’all’s well that ends well’……..we hope!", Penny said. 



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