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Shopper pays tribute to life-saving supermarket staff

Tom Tweddle with Linda Herd (left) and Helen Richardson. Credit: Asda

A shopper whose life was saved by two sales assistants has returned to the supermarket where they work to say thanks.

Tom Tweddle, 65, collapsed in the Bolden branch of Asda because of a benign brain tumour.

Helen Richardson and Linda Herd saved his life by giving him CPR for 45 minutes after he'd stopped breathing.

Tom has since made a good recovery and thanked them as soon as he was well enough.

He said:

I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Helen and Linda – I really owe my life to them.

If I had been somewhere else other than Asda that day I might not be here now. I just wanted to personally thank Helen and Linda. Their quick thinking saved me. It's a credit to the store and to Asda that they have staff who were able to do what they did.

– Tom Tweddle

Tom was in the store's car park when he suddenly went numb on one side of his body.

Knowing something was wrong he asked a fellow shopper to call 999 and run into the store – where his wife Sue, who's a nurse, was shopping – to get help.

Security section leader Helen, who has 30 years' experience as a first aider, ran outside and, with the help of front-end worker Linda, took Tom to the first aid room, where his condition began to get worse.

Helen said:

All of a sudden he gasped and then the colour began to drain from his face and it went really a horrible grey colour and he stopped breathing. That's when I started to do mouth-to-mouth and CPR. I was on autopilot.

Suddenly after about 45 minutes he just started breathing again. I couldn't believe it. I really thought we'd lost him, but I wasn't going to give up. I was absolutely shattered afterwards and my arms ached but, after Tom was taken to hospital by ambulance by the the paramedics, I went back to work.

– Helen Richardson

Helen praised Linda for staying calm and keeping in contact with the ambulance service while relaying information to Tom's family.

Tom, has had surgery on the tumour, and remembers nothing of the ordeal.

Linda said:

It was just amazing seeing him back in the store. It was just brilliant. Both me and Helen had a cry.

– Linda Herd

Kim Davison, the store's deputy manager, added:

"Everyone here is so very proud of the girls. They were absolutely fantastic. Tom really does own them his life. To do CPR for 45 minutes is remarkable."

– Kim Davison, Asda