Garry Kerr said he didn’t think the golfer would make it after he turned blue following a heart attack at Haverhill Golf Club
A father and son have been praised for their heroic actions which saved a man’s life after he suffered a serious heart attack while playing golf.
Ellis Kerr and his dad Garry were halfway through a bonding session of the game at Haverhill Golf Club on Saturday, August 19 when disaster struck.
Another golfer – known only as Mick – collapsed on the course minutes after meeting the Kerr’s when his playing partner hit an errant ball in their direction.
Garry immediately sprung into action, starting to give CPR while seven-year-old junior golfing champion Ellis – ignoring his dad’s instruction to stay put – sprinted to the club house for help.
Mr Kerr, 45, said: “It’s not something you see everyday and don’t wish to see.
“I shouted for people around us to phone an ambulance. Then he just stopped breathing, I pushed him over and started CPR .
“I just kept on giving him CPR but he was blue, I didn’t think he would make it. ”
As others scrambled to call for help, Mr Kerr was focused on the sole task of keeping Mick alive.
He added: “It must have gone on for about 20 minutes.
“Occasionally he would take a couple of breaths and I would stop but the he just stopped breathing again. He’d fallen head first so his nose and mouth were bleeding.
“Even when the paramedic got there I had to keep doing CPR while he got the defibrillator out. ”
An air ambulance was called to assist and take the man to hospital for further treatment.
It is understood he is still in hospital awaiting surgery.
Mr Kerr, who is a regular visitor to the golf course with his son, said the life-saving encounter was “fate”.
He added: “I mean if the guy he was with hadn’t hit such a wayward tee shot then there wouldn’t have been anyone near him when it happened.
“The man’s wife got in touch with me to say thank you for everything and how much she appreciated it.”
Mr Kerr and Ellis are both members of the golf club and travel across the country for tournaments.
Being so young, Mr Kerr tried to shield Ellis from what was happening, telling him to stay where he was and wait for him but his heroic son knew he needed to help.
He added: “I didn’t realise until afterwards but Ellis had run all the way up the course to get help, all on his own.
“He’s only seven. I thought he was still waiting for me where I left him.
“I just think what he did was so brave.
“I was worried he’d be traumatised but luckily where he was standing, he couldn’t see through the bushes. The next day we talked it through and explained the man’s heart hadn’t been very good. ”
Mr Kerr, who works as a manufacturing supervisor, was previously first aid trained but never thought he’d be the type of person to take control in a crisis.
“I’ve done a bit of it in the past and it just kind of kicked in,” he said. “I always thought I wouldn’t know what to do but it just takes over.”
Pictures and story originally published by the Cambridge News