Mystery man saved golfer's life

A GOLFER who suffered a heart attack is today searching for the good Samaritan who got him medical help and saved his life.Alan Mills, 65, had just started a round of golf with his son-in-law Steve Oughton at the Felixstowe Ferry links course when he started having chest pains.

A GOLFER who suffered a heart attack is today searching for the good Samaritan who got him medical help and saved his life.

Alan Mills, 65, had just started a round of golf with his son-in-law Steve Oughton at the Felixstowe Ferry links course when he started having chest pains.

They flagged down a man at the road which runs through the golf course and asked him to take Mr Mills back to the clubhouse so he could rest.

However, the mystery man immediately recognised the seriousness of the situation and despite Mr Mills insisting he would be all right, took him to the Central Surgery, Hamilton Road, where he had a heart attack.


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Staff at the surgery used a defibrillator to restart his heart while an ambulance was called.

Mr Oughton, 32, said: “My father-in-law collapsed as soon as he got to the surgery and had a terrible heart attack.

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“But thankfully the doctors there knew exactly what to do and had the right equipment.

“They were fantastic. They got his heart restarted and got him straight off to Ipswich Hospital and we cannot thank them enough.

“Now we just want to find the man who took him to the surgery because that saved his life.

“He knew my father-in-law was not just feeling unwell. He kept saying take me back to the clubhouse, but the man said, no, you need a doctor.

“My father-in-law just wants to meet him and say thank you. Without his help he would definitely have died.”

The man also drove back to the clubhouse to get Mr Oughton and direct him to the surgery.

“He came back and then I followed him in my car, then he just left and we didn't know his name or get to say thank you,” said Mr Oughton, who was accompanying his father-in-law - both from Brentwood, Essex - and 15 friends from the Bunton Hills Golf Club on a golf day at Felixstowe.

The good Samaritan who helped on March 29 said he was doing horticultural work in the area. He was about 6ft tall, wearing glasses, and a jacket. He was driving a dark-coloured Vauxhall Safira.

If you are the man who helped, or you know who the person is, please contact Richard Cornwell at the Evening Star Felixstowe Newsdesk on 01394 284109 or e-mail richardcornwell@eveningstar.co.uk

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