Hillingdon police officers praised for helping to save student’s life

17:48 12 November 2012

Full recovery: (Left to right) PC Debra Armin, Andrew Marsden, PC Hannah Rowley and parents Alan and Sharon Marsden.

Full recovery: (Left to right) PC Debra Armin, Andrew Marsden, PC Hannah Rowley and parents Alan and Sharon Marsden.

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The parents of a university student found collapsed outside an Uxbridge nightclub have thanked police officers for saving his life.

Andrew Marsden, who has a heart condition, lapsed into unconsciousness and stopped breathing during a night out on Halloween.

Experiencing heart palpitations, he approached PC Debra Armin for help. She monitored his pulse - which was rapid and irregular - as he clutched his chest.

The 18-year-old, who is studying economics and accounting at Brunel University, then collapsed.

PC Armin then started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while her colleague, PC Hannah Rowley, arranged for a defibrillator to be brought over.

She then took over the CPR from PC Armin. A third officer PC Jan Neumeister, arrived on the scene, with a first aid kit and also helped with CPR.

Andrew’s fancy dress costume had to be cut to enable the defibrillator to be applied to his chest.

Two shocks were delivered before his condition improved but he remained unconscious. Officers continued to monitor his condition and covered him with their jackets and a foil blanket before he was taken by ambulance to Hillingdon Hospital.

Andrew said: “I can’t thank the police officers enough for what they did for me on Halloween night.

“They saved my life. I have now made a full recovery and look forward to seeing them out and about in Uxbridge”.

Andrew’s mother and father Alan and Sharon also paid tribute to the officers.

They said: “The most precious thing in our lives is our son Andrew.

“He is alive due to the brilliant work done by Debra, Hannah and Jan. We cannot thank them enough. The police don’t always get the recognition they so richly deserve.

“Suffice to say we have the greatest admiration for you all.”

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