Staff save heart attack man

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Bar staff and regulars at a Sudbury pub have been praised for their quick thinking after they helped to save a heart attack victim.

Tony Thornton, 70, from Minsmere Way in Great Cornard, had been feeling unwell a few days before he had a coughing fit and collapsed while at The Horse and Groom pub in East Street last Sunday.

Leanne Darvell, who was working behind the bar, rushed to his aid with help from customers, calling an ambulance and looking after him until it arrived.

Mr Thornton’s wife Stella said: “He doesn’t remember much of it. Luckily the ambulance crew had just finished a call opposite the pub.”

He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, where it was discovered he had suffered two small heart attacks in the space of a few days. Mr Thornton is awaiting treatment and tests at Papworth Hospital and is making good progress.

Miss Darvell, who has worked at the pub for around a year, could not be reached for a comment.

Mrs Thornton said: “I want to thank the staff for their prompt action as well as the ambulance crew.”

Vaughan Evans, landlord, said: “It was nice to see that staff and customers care for one another at the pub.”