Krystal-Lee Hassett, with Peter Beeby (left), from Casino, and Fingal resident Phil Arnott.
Krystal-Lee Hassett, with Peter Beeby (left), from Casino, and Fingal resident Phil Arnott.

My heroes

By ED SOUTHORN

KRYSTAL-Lee Hassett could hardly hold back the tears as she was reunited with the two guardian angels who saved her life.

Phil Arnott and Peter Beeby came to the Ipswich teenager's rescue last weekend after she stopped breathing for about three minutes in the Point Danger carpark.

Peter, from Casino, and Phil, from Fingal Head, used CPR to revive Krystal-Lee after she had collapsed in her family's car on November 13.

On Saturday, the trio finally got a chance to catch up, embracing on a park bench outside Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital, with Krystal-Lee saying her thanks as she struggled to hold back the tears.

Peter and Phil recounted how they were strangers to each other until they rushed to help the blonde 15-year-old lying limp in her mother's arms at Point Danger. The two rescuers have now become mates.

They worked in tandem for about 10 minutes to revive Krystal.

Peter gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Phil applied heart massage.

Krystal-Lee's mum Tina declared that the lifesaving actions of Peter and Phil had renewed her faith in God.

"When you think about 9/11 and what happened in Bali, it's just been all bad and ugly recently," Tina said.

"There have been so many tragic things happening.

"Then to have two total strangers do something like that to bring her back?.?.?., they really are angels of God.

"Krystal just hasn't finished her time on Earth yet."

Tina said she felt Peter had been specially guided to help Krystal-Lee when she learned he had forgotten Queensland was not on daylight saving time and arrived at the Point Danger car park to meet a friend one hour early.

With support from the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Surfrider Foundation local branch, Phil has arranged a trip to Sea World and accommodation at Coolangatta's Beach House resort for the Hassett family.

Krystal-Lee, who was flown by RACQ Careflight helicopter from Tweed Hospital to Prince Charles Hospital, had open heart surgery in 1998 and now excels at art at Redbank Plains High School.

She likes songwriting and is a big fan of Home and Away.

Parents Tina and Paul wonder how they can ever thank Peter and Phil.

"For something like that, you are thankful all your life," Paul said.



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