August 10, 2022

A hero bus driver saved the life of one of his passengers after suffering a heart attack.

William Bell moved when John McCain, 67, fell to 57th in Glasgow.


William saved his life on the leftCredit: Chris James
John thanked the hero driver, leaving a heartfelt thank you card.


John thanked the hero driver, leaving a heartfelt thank you card.Credit: PA

William, 59, gave the client CPR for 35 minutes when his lips turned blue and he stopped responding.

The 11-year-old bus driver reunited with John today on the occasion of Mercy Day.

“It was an unrealistic situation, but I did what I needed to do,” said William.

“With the help of the phone passenger and the call handler, it was a real team effort and we helped save lives.”

John left a thank you card with a heartfelt message to the first bus depot where William resides.

He said: “I wanted to thank him for telling him how grateful I was for his bus.

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“I am just thankful, and I still wonder if anyone would do what William did for a complete stranger.

“What really happened made me realize that life is short, you don’t know what’s around the corner.”

John, from the city’s West End, was jogging at a bus stop and was on his way to play tennis when he caught a terrifying bus in April 2021.

Little did he know that he had atrial fibrillation – which could lead to irregular heartbeat and rapid heartbeat – and that it was more common in older men.

Passengers aboard the Polosha Glasgow bus alerted the driver and the vehicle was immediately stopped on Poloksha Road.

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William alerted the depot and a passenger called an ambulance, and he continued talking to John, who was struggling to reassure John.

“He was clearly in pain, shaking in his chair, having difficulty speaking and breathing and was deteriorating rapidly,” he said.

“I took him to the recovery position, he was not speaking at the time and his lips were turning blue. I started CPR.

“It simply came to our notice then.

Passengers on the other end of the phone sent important messages from Hero 999 call handlers, as William performed a life-saving CPR.

When the ambulance arrived and the paramedics loaded his luggage, he continued CPR.

But John said he doesn’t remember any of the drama – and can only remember stepping on the bus before getting a little dizzy.

He woke up in intensive care at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital three days later, after which he passed out.

He said: “It actually took more than a week for it to sink properly, but when that happened, I felt so calm that I was given a second chance. I feel very lucky. “

Tennis lovers have returned to their active lifestyles after installing a cardioverter-defibrillator, a device capable of performing cardioversion, defibrillation and heart rate that can correct most life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Is.

He said: “I am very grateful to be here to see my family grow.

“My daughter is studying to become a doctor and my son recently completed an apprenticeship with a financial services company – I spend time with my family and watch them live their lives. Be very happy

“If it had happened to me when I was running to get my bike after that day, I would have been alone.

“I was incredibly lucky to be in a public place, with someone who could deliberately respond.”

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