Barman Shayne Ross-Dixon saved the life of a man who collapsed at the Caledonian HotelIVY WISE July 2, 2014 3:28am
Bringing a man back to life before going back to pouring beers at Echuca’s Caledonian Hotel was just another day’s work for Shayne Ross-Dixon.
On June 8, the barman was having a meal break in the bar when a hotel guest collapsed during dinner in the bistro.
‘‘One of the girls came in yelling ‘Call an ambulance!’. I had a first-aid ticket, so I thought I better go and have a look,’’ he said.
‘‘There were a couple of patrons standing over him.
‘‘One of them was a retired nurse and the other was a retired paramedic and they were assessing him.’’
Mr Ross-Dixon said the man, aged in his late 50s or early 60s, was unconscious on the floor.
‘‘I helped them put the man in the recovery position when he lost signs of life. He was not breathing,’’ he said.
‘‘The nurse started compressions, but she was having trouble so I took over.
‘‘I hadn’t even finished a cycle of (30) compressions when he started breathing again.’’
Teaching first-aid and CPR for two years, Mr Ross-Dixon said his instincts kicked in immediately.
‘‘Luckily I knew what I was doing,’’ he said.
‘‘When he came to, he was a bit confused and very unsure about what had happened.
‘‘He was very thankful though and very apologetic for clearing out the bistro.’’
Mr Ross-Dixon said the man was with a group of friends in Echuca for a shooting competition and had been staying at the hotel over the weekend.
‘‘Initially, his friends thought he’d had a heart attack. I thought he’d had a stroke or a seizure as he was convulsing a bit,’’ he said.
‘‘He called up a few days ago actually to say thanks and told me it was extremely low blood pressure.
‘‘He said he had a pacemaker put in and the doctors told him how fortunate he was that there were staff on hand to help him.’’
Although the barman can say he helped save a man’s life, he doesn’t consider himself to be a hero.
‘‘Anyone else would have done the same thing,’’ he said.
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