Quick-thinking dad hailed as a hero after his actions help save elderly man

Curtis High and his son Olly. Photo courtesy of High family.

Curtis High and his son Olly. Photo courtesy of High family. - Credit: Archant

The quick-thinking actions of a Lowestoft father have been hailed, after his prompt response helped save a diabetic pensioner's life.

When Curtis High saw that his neighbour Graham Woolston had collapsed and was having a seizure in his back garden, he quickly scaled a 6ft fence and rushed to his aid.

While the 77-year-old was breathing, Mr Woolston – who is diabetic and suffers from epilepsy – was in a bad way. And as Mr High placed him in the recovery position and called 999, his quick reponse ultimately helped to save his life.

With the ambulance service paramedics quckly arriving at the scene, Mr Woolston's blood sugar levels were 'really low,' according to Mr High, and Graham had gone into a diabetic coma.

Mr High said: 'It was about 2.30pm last Wednesday and I was playing with my two-year-old son Olly in the garden, when I heard these really strange noises.

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'It was coming from over the side, and I knew Graham is diabetic and he had not been well so I ran to the fence and peered over, to see it was Graham laying there on his side having a seizure.

'I jumped up over the fence, checked he was breathing and tried to get some reponse from him. But apart from making strange noises I could get no reaction and I called for the ambulance service as I put him the recovery position.

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'The paramedics were great and were quickly on scene, and were trying to get him responsive as his blood sugar levels were so low and he needed glucose urgently.

'As I got my son – who was wearing a doctor's stethoscope and his Captain America outfit – back alongside me, they told him that 'we have a real superhero' here, and he was great – I just kept telling Olly that Graham was asleep.'

Personal trainer Mr High, is well-known locally for his fundraising efforts, after he completed a seven-day ultimate iron man challenge last year and raised money for his brother's memorial fund – The Taylor High Memorial Fund, which continues to help others across Waveney.

With Mr Woolston being taken to hospital for further treatment, Mr High said: 'I've had some lovely messages and you never realise when you will need first aid.'

Mr Woolston's wife, Jan, said: 'We are so grateful – Curtis is an absolute star.'

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