A Dundee pizza delivery driver who battled in vain to save a man has backed the Tele’s Learn to be a Lifesaver campaign.
It was just a normal day for Kirsty Evans, who was out delivering for Domino’s, until she was asked to deliver a pizza to Arklay Street.
The 26-year-old, who lives at City Quay, came around a corner and found an unconscious man lying in the stairwell.
Kirsty, who also works at Dundee Ice Arena, had previously been trained in emergency first aid.
She said that her training gave her the skills to follow instructions from the emergency services.
However, despite her best efforts, the man didn’t make it.
Kirsty today told the Tele that she was stopped in her tracks when she found the man, adding that her training enabled her to do everything she could to try to save him.
She said: “I was coming up the close to deliver a pizza and he was there in front of me.
“I tried to check if he was breathing but he wasn’t and someone else phoned an ambulance.
“I tried to move the man but I was hardly able to move him into the recovery position.
“I ended up being on the phone and getting instructions from the person on the other end.
“I work at the ice rink, so I was trained in first aid there. It really helped in the situation.”
Kirsty said while she was on the phone to the emergency services, they told her what she needed to do.
She added: “I was doing CPR and they were counting with me — it was exhausting.
“In hospitals, they take turns so they don’t get tired but because it was only me I had to continue compressions for 15 minutes straight.
“I was on the phone to the operator and she would count ‘one, two, three, four’ over and over again. It was so difficult to do it for that length of time.”
Kirsty battled to try to save the 60-year-old man until ambulance crews arrived.
However, he was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
In the aftermath of the incident, Kirsty has backed the Tele’s Learn to be a Lifesaver campaign, saying that she believes everyone should equip themselves with the skills to save someone’s life.
She added: “I think that everyone should do a first aid course because it meant that I was able to start CPR as soon as possible and understand what was being asked of me by the person on the other end of the phone.
“I was also lucky because the first aid course that I went on was very intense. It meant that my training was about the critical situations rather than smaller injuries.
“I think it is really important for people to get that training so they have a bit of knowledge.
“I have to admit that everything I had learned was kind of out the window when I found the man but when I was on the phone to the operator everything came back to me.”
The Learn to be a Lifesaver campaign has been inspired by the heroics of Dundee postie Nicola Johnson, who helped save an unconscious woman by performing CPR on her.
The Tele wants to encourage as many locals as possible to undergo basic first aid training by signing up to one of the many courses on offer.
First aid courses can be booked through a variety of organisations:
Heartstart Discovery: 01382 740400
British Red Cross: 0845 564 8835
Community First Responders Carnoustie: 07515 109 382
Leisure & Culture Dundee: 01382 432320
Save a Life Scotland: www.savealife.scot