Azz Mahmoud, a 37-year-old dad of three, performed CPR for the first time ever in order to save a man’s life.
The youth worker, who has previously taken first aid courses, put his skills to use when he noticed a man lying on the ground in Oldham Town Centre, a town in the north of England.
“I got out of my car to investigate and found the gentleman on the ground along with two people – a woman who was on the phone to the ambulance service and another man who had put him in the recovery position,” he told the Oldham Times.
Mahmoud used his first aid knowledge to asses the man, while the woman was on the phone to the ambulance.
“I checked his pulse and realised it was very weak. He wasn’t breathing and his face was very pale, almost blue, so I checked his tongue to make sure it hadn’t rolled back.
“The lady who was on the phone who was liaising with the ambulance people said that CPR needed to be carried out as soon as possible,” he said.
Having only ever practised CPR on training manikins, Mahmoud was about to perform it on a person, in a life or death situation for the first time.
“I remember thinking to myself ‘this just got real’. So I got on my knees, said Bismillah and with the help of the call handler started to carry out CPR.
“I could hear the ambulance from afar… it felt like ages 1,2,3,4 on the chest I kept pushing at the same time asking God to help me.
“Paramedics arrived and asked me to continue with the CPR whilst they set up the defibrillator, they cut open his clothes and stuck the pads and asked us to clear…. boom they shocked him and he seemed to show a better pulse,” Mahmoud said.
The paramedics thanked Mahmoud and the woman and man who had stopped to help and took the man to the hospital.
“Even to this day, it feels surreal, knowing that I have saved someone’s life. “It’s one of the most exhilarating and gratifying experiences of my life,” Mahmoud said.
“I’ve done first aid courses, but I’ve never performed CPR on a person before. I’m so glad he survived.”
The man is now recovering in hospital.