Family's thanks as first-aid trained Wagamama waiter saves man's life on his first day in the job
“Thank you.” That is the simple message from a family after staff at a Bury St Edmunds restaurant saved a man’s life.
Trevor Boughton had just arrived at Wagamama with his daughters and three grandchildren when he was taken ill on July 11.
His daughters realised urgent medical help was needed and asked if any of the staff were trained first aiders. They said they all were.
Waiter Daniel Challenor was in his first day in the job when he heard a crash and turned to see Trevor on the floor.
"I felt maybe I could do something to help and at first just talked to him,"said Daniel, but when Trevor stopped breathing he took on CPR as Arc security staff raced to collect a defibrillator stored at the Apex.
Sarah Woodvine, Trevor's daughter, said: "When Daniel took over the CPR he kept going until the ambulance crew were ready to take Dad.
"The Wagamama staff were amazing, everybody was calm, and so were the Costa staff who kept the grandchildren busy with colouring books.
"It just makes you feel that when someone needs help, people are lovely and will help."
Following being airlifted to hospital and a stay at the Norfolk and Norwich, Trevor has now returned home after making a ‘miraculous’ almost complete recovery.
His son Paul said: “We really want to say thank you. An awful lot of people were involved and, almost certainly, dad would have died without their help.
“In particular, Daniel saved a man’s life, which is not a bad day’s work.”
Trevor , who does not remember much about that day, said: "I feel very grateful to Daniel and to everyone who helped me."
Daniel added: "What a first day in the job. I would do it all again in a heart beat."