Family seek mystery hero who saved life of heart attack cyclist

The cyclist who suffered the heart attack Alen Turrell
Cyclist Alan Turrell, pictured at a birthday celebration, suffered a heart attack while riding in Keyhaven

THE family of a man who suffered a heart attack while out cycling is searching for the Good Samaritan who saved his life by performing CPR.


Keen cyclist Alan Turrell (77) was riding on Lymore Lane in Keyhaven last Tuesday when he went into cardiac arrest and he crashed off his bicycle.

He was spotted by a passer-by who rushed over and called the emergency services before carrying out life-saving chest compressions.

It was good fortune that paramedics were already in the area and they arrived on the scene only three minutes after the call.

Alan, who lives in Milford, was resuscitated after his heart had stopped for a total of 12 minutes. He was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma for three days.

Although suffering from a broken rib, which doctors said could have been caused by the fall or as an unfortunate result of the CPR, Alan is now in a stable condition in intensive care and under sedation.

Alan, a retired print industry compositor, is also a keen saxophonist and is a familiar face on the local music scene, playing in the three bands.

His sister Ann Turrell (73), from Emsworth, said that if it were not for actions of the person who intervened to perform CPR, her brother might not be alive today.

“Alan is a very keen cyclist, he rides a lot and must have been doing a circular route around the area when he went into cardiac arrest,” said Ann.

“We managed to trace the paramedics who tended to him and they told us that the guy who did the chest compressions did a fantastic job but sadly they weren’t able to get his details.

“They said that the outcome would have been very different if this person had not stepped forward.

“We would love to find the man who saved Alan’s life so we can express our gratitude and give him some very well deserved flowers.

“If anyone in the Keyhaven area knows who it is we would be so grateful to find out who because we really want to say thank you.”

She added: “When Alan came round he had no memory loss and in fact his first worry was about his bike, which was luckily taken in and looked after by the parents of another paramedic who just happened to be there at the time.”

Ann added that the CPR skills that made such a difference are something that everyone should know.

“It is a skill that anyone can learn that is really not difficult. You can easily acquire practical first aid knowledge on courses with St John Ambulance,” she said.

“You never know when you might need to use it and it could be a relative that could benefit if they are affected by a cardiac arrest.”