Off-duty paramedic saves woman at the gym

Paramedic Mark Syson meets Mary Harris and her husband Richard Harris

An off-duty paramedic has been reunited with a woman whose life he saved after she suffered a cardiac arrest at the gym.

Mary Harris, from Easington Village, was training when she felt a pain and collapsed on the treadmill.

North East Ambulance Service paramedic Mark Syson was also working out at the same time.

He saw Mary slumped on the treadmill, which was still running and administered CPR. He pumped Mary's chest while they waited for an ambulance.

Mary has since had an operation to replace her aortic valve, and is recovering. The surgeon who performed the operation described her as “the luckiest woman alive.”