AN OFF-DUTY nurse stepped in to save a man’s life after he went into shock from a wasp sting.
Tim Jones, of Denbigh, collapsed and stopped breathing after being stung by a wasp at The Railway pub on Ruthin Road.
But luckily, nurse Leah Roberts (pictured) knew what to do, carrying out CPR before the ambulance arrived.
Denbigh (Lower) Cllr Richard Davies was there when his friend Mr Jones, in his early 50s, realised he could not stay in the pub – as he knew he was allergic to wasp stings.
Cllr Davies said: “No sooner had he left the pub someone shouted that Tim had been knocked over and was lying in the road outside the front door.
“As people rushed to help it became clear that he hadn't been knocked over but was having an anaphylactic reaction to the wasp sting.
“Within minutes of dialling 999, two policemen arrived at the scene,” he said, but the ambulance was still on its way.
But someone else arrived to save the day, he said.
“In all honestly I would hesitate to think what would have happened if Leah was not there using her knowledge to the good.
“It was obvious that everyone was of the same opinion that Leah saved our friend's life to which we are all so grateful.
“It is fair to say that Leah is a credit to her profession and her family and friends.
Mrs Roberts, 38, said: “He went into anaphylactic shock and stopped breathing, and the ambulance took some time to arrive.
“It was lucky I just happened to be there, but I think anyone would have done the same.”
She said it showed the importance of first aid training.
She added: “This time of year there are a lot of wasps around. If anyone does go into shock from a wasp sting they might need urgent medical attention.”
Tim Jones said that he had recovered well from the reaction
“As soon as I collapsed I blacked out, all I remember is waking up in the A&E,” he said.
“I’d just like to say I’m very grateful for her being there, I really am,” he added.