William Bell was driving a 57 bus when he learned that John McCain had fallen ill. As soon as he saw the 62-year-old, his jaw dropped and the former lifeguard, with the help of a fellow passenger who called 999, put life-saving pressure on his chest for the next 35 minutes.
Mr Bell, who has been a bus driver for 11 years, said: “It was an unrealistic situation, but I did what I needed to do. With the help of the phone passenger and the call handler, it was a real team effort and We helped save lives.
On Thursday, on the occasion of Random Acts of Condensation Day, Mr. McCain met the man who had saved his life in April 2021.
Mr McCain delivered a thank-you note to the 59-year-old driver, complete with a heartfelt message and gift, at the first bus depot where Mr Bell resides.
He said: “I wanted to thank him, to tell him how grateful I was for his bus.
“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.”
Mr McCain was jogging at a bus stop on the west end of town when he fell ill.
Little did he know that he had atrial fibrillation, which can cause irregular heartbeat and rapid heartbeat, and is quite common in older men.
Passengers aboard the Polosha Glasgow bus alerted the driver and the vehicle was immediately stopped on Poloksha Road, allowing the driver to provide assistance.
Mr Bell said he alerted the depot and a passenger called an ambulance, and he spoke to Mr McCain to reassure him.
He was clearly in pain, shaking in his chair, having difficulty speaking and breathing and was deteriorating rapidly.
“I took him into a rehabilitation position, he wasn’t talking anymore and his lips were turning blue. I started CPR. Trying to stay calm and keep him alive all the time.” had lived.”
The bus passengers sent important messages from the ambulance control room when Mr. Bell pressed his chest.
When the ambulance arrived and the paramedics loaded his luggage, he continued CPR.
Mr McCain doesn’t remember any of that, and he says he can only remember stepping on the bus and getting a little dizzy.
He woke up three days later and was put in an encouraging coma after intensive care at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in the city.
He said: “It actually took more than a week for it to sink properly, but when it did, I felt so calm that I was given a second chance. I felt very lucky.”
Mr McCain is now back in his active lifestyle after having a cardioverter defibrillator, a device capable of performing cardioversion, defibrillation and heart rate that can correct most life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias. ۔
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 had an apprenticeship with a financial services company. Completed – I’m glad to spend my life with my family and see them live their lives.
“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.”