Corby heart attack victim thanks his lifesaver stepson

Colin Stevens  and his stepson Ross
Colin Stevens and his stepson Ross

First-aider Ross Dykes leapt into action when his stepfather had a heart attack.

Thanks to the 17-year-old’s swift actions, Colin Stevens, of Bideford Square, Corby, is now on the road to recovery after emergency surgery at Kettering General Hospital at the weekend.

Ross, who has been a member of St John Ambulance since he was nine, not only recognised how ill Colin was, carried out all the right procedures, called an ambulance and stayed in hospital with his mum Pauline and stepfather all night, he then went on duty at Corby carnival, without having a wink of sleep.

Colin, 55, who is now recovering at home, said: “All those years taking Ross to St John Ambulance meetings and events really paid off for me. I’m very proud of him.

“It could have been so much worse.”

The drama started in the early hours of Saturday (JULY 13) when Colin became unwell after complaining of indigestion for several days.

Ross, a former pupil of Corby Business Academy who now works as a carer in Kettering, said: “I took his temperature and pulse. He was grey and going blue round the lips and, although he was sweating, his forehead was cold and clammy and he had tightness in his chest.

“They were all the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.”

Ross called an ambulance and gave his stepfather aspirin and within 10 minutes Colin was on route to Kettering hospital’s cardiac unit at where it was discovered he had a blood clot in his left ventricle. He had surgery to insert a stent.

Ross said: “I was really tired when I got home from hospital at 7am but I got changed into my St John Ambulance uniform and went on to Corby carnival. I walked the whole route and was on duty for the rest of the day.”

On Sunday he was out again in the blistering heat at Corby Highland Gathering.

Ross added: “First aid is a vital skill for everyone to have and I would recommend everyone to learn.”

Carl Makins, district manager for St John Ambulance in Northamptonshire, said: “Through his training with St John Ambulance, Ross was able to quickly and effectively administer essential first aid to ensure that his stepdad got the treatment that he needed. Heart attack is one of the five most common emergency situations where having first aid skills can help be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Ross is to be congratulated for having the confidence and ability to be the difference on that day.”