Family of dad recovering in Royal Preston Hospital thank man for saving his life on the train

Posted on - 11th October, 2021 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Proud Preston
Fran’s dad, who became ill on a train in Preston. Pic: Facebook

The family of a man who suffered a cardiac event on a train in Preston have thanked the man who used CPR to save his life.


In a Facebook post, Fran Gray detailed how her dad and step mum were recently travelling on the 10.52 Avanti West Coast train from Edinburgh to London Euston, sitting in carriage B, seats 38 and 39.

Her dad became ill, but a man, who has not been named, sprung into action and administered CPR. Fellow passengers consoled Fran’s step mum, who was left ‘traumatised’ by the incident.

Fran’s dad was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital, where he is currently still seriously ill in the cardiac ward.

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Following the incident, Fran has reached out on social media to find the man that saved her dad’s life.

She said: “Avanti have the gentleman’s details. Due to data protection, understandably, they cant give them to me.

“I’ve given them my details to pass to them in the hope he will contact me. Thank you to everyone for sharing – it has been an overwhelming success, and my family and I are deeply grateful to you all.

“My step mum says the nurses are so caring and are giving daily updates. We are so appreciative of the doctors and nurses and ambulance services, as well as Avanti train staff, who have been amazing – especially those on the day, who helped my dad and supported my step mum.”

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Avanti West Coast said they are in contact with the customers who helped to recognise their efforts.

A spokesperson for Avanti West Coast said: “Thanks to their quick actions, our train manager was able to arrange an ambulance when the service arrived at Preston and looked after the man’s wife.

“We’re working to connect the family to those who helped and wish the customer a speedy recovery.”

Fran said: “A huge thank you to every single one of you who have sent messages and shared my post. My heart is full. It means so much.

“We are so massively grateful for this man’s help.”

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