Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C


Felixstowe: Bouncer is hailed a hero after she saves man who collapsed and stopped breathing in the street

15:10 04 December 2012

Kylie Malapeau is pictured outside the Coop in Walton High Street, Felixstowe where she gave CPR to a pedestrian who suffered a heart attack.

Kylie Malapeau is pictured outside the Coop in Walton High Street, Felixstowe where she gave CPR to a pedestrian who suffered a heart attack.


KYLIE Malapeau is the toast of one Felixstowe family today – after saving the life of a pensioner who had collapsed in the street.


The 39-year-old had been driving along Walton High Street in Felixstowe when she noticed a crowd of people around a man lying on the pavement.

Ms Malapeau, who is trained in first aid, immediately parked up and rushed to his aid.

She performed CPR on the 67-year-old – Brent Dunningham – after she couldn’t find his pulse.

Paramedics say her actions saved Mr Dunningham’s life.

The former lorry driver’s family today heaped praise on Ms Malapeau.

Daughter Andrea Pettit said: “If she hadn’t have gone over, my dad would not be here now.

“She was an absolute hero.

“We gave her some flowers on Saturday to say thank you and we want to encourage other people to make sure they know how to do CPR because if it wasn’t for her, my dad wouldn’t be here.”

Mr Dunningham’s wife Tina, added: “We will never be able to repay her for what she has done.

“We will be forever grateful.”

Mr Dunningham collapsed and stopped breathing outside the Co-op in Walton High Street last Saturday morning.

A crowd gathered around him – alerting Ms Malapeau who had been driving past.

She said: “I carried on driving but something just told me to go back and check everything was alright and that they had phoned the ambulance.

“I saw straight away that he was blue – he had no pulse and he wasn’t breathing.”

Ms Malapeau, of Langer Road in Felixstowe, immediately went to Mr Dunningham’s aid and got him on to his back to give him CPR.

Eventually a pulse was found and Ms Malapeau, a bouncer and former nurse, stayed with him until paramedics arrived.

She said: “He started to pink up a bit and I checked his pulse and it was going so I managed to bring him back.

“He took a big gasp of air and I just thought, thank god.

“He wasn’t breathing when I got there, he was clinically dead, he had no pulse at all.

“They (paramedics) said to me that he wouldn’t have survived if I had not done that.”

Mr Dunningham, of queen street, was taken to Ipswich Hospital before being transferred to Papworth Hospital last Monday.

He is now due to have a bypass operation.

Ms Malapeau had known Mr Dunningham for many years. She went to school with some of his children and worked with his wife.

She added: “It was quite a harrowing event because although you learn these things, you don’t generally expect to have to do it.”

■ Ambulance chiefs today said Kylie Malapeau’s quick actions undoubtedly helped to save Brent Dunningham’s life.

One ambulance was called to the scene at 10.13am after Mr Dunningham, who won a £23,000 bingo prize in 2010, collapsed on November 24 and the crew arrived at 10.21am.

In those few minutes, Ms Malapeau had given CPR to Mr Dunningham and got his pulse going – when the crews arrived – they were then able to shock to give him a regular breathing pattern.

Richard Dunne, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said: “In those scenarios, the quicker we get to the patient, the better the chance of the man surviving.

“The fact that she (Kylie) got there so soon and took the action she did has basically saved his life and has meant that the crew was able to bring him back.

“It’s fantastic to have people like that who stop and are willing to help.”

Mr Dunne also encouraged others to learn CPR so if an emergency arises, they will be able to help.


1 comment

Former Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson

Tonight sees the close of this year’s Sir Bobby Robson online auction which is predicted to raise more than £100,000 for charity.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A 67-year-old west Suffolk garage owner who sexually assaulted and raped three schoolgirls more than 25 years ago has been jailed for 19 years.

Some of the UCS Choir members who will be appearing on Songs of Praise on television

University Campus Suffolk’s new choir is to appear on BBC Songs of Praise

Felixstowe mayor Doreen Savage switches on the lights helped by Elise Gorski, Peggy Osborne, and Ash and Lila Tadjrishi.

It’s a problem faced by millions of families across the country every year.

Domestic violence reports increase

Domestic violence reports soared by 12% in Suffolk last year with more than 2,000 recorded incidents involving male victims, police have said.

The close-knit Smith family in 2006: Matt, Wendy, Nikki and Barry

It can be upsetting and lonely having a child with a disability, but Wendy Smith would rather shout about the many positives. Steven Russell hears how love and kindness trumps any anger and bitterness

Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

A woman reported missing to police on Saturday has been found safe and well following a public appeal.

Part of Sue Brooks' photograph of pupils and staff at Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, in 1952. Are you in the picture?

I recently asked readers if they had memories of Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, which was in Fonnereau Road, close to High Street.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24