Rescuers save heart girl - two men quick to act

By ED SOUTHORN

A 15-year-old Ipswich girl who collapsed in the Point Danger lookout car park was brought back to life by quick-thinking bystanders.

Krystel-Lee Hassett, born with a hole in her heart, had a heart attack on Saturday afternoon in the back seat of her family's car after eating an ice-cream.

She was extremely lucky that Casino truck driver Peter Beeby had just pulled up in a carpark nearby.

Peter had arrived to rendezvous with a friend - but was one hour early because he had forgotten Queensland is not on daylight saving time.

He worked in tandem with Phil Arnott of Fingal for more than 10 minutes, giving Krystel-Lee mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage after her pulse stopped, until ambulance crews arrived.

Phil had been at the Surfrider Foundation annual general meeting at the Sea Change Cafe, opposite the car park. He was taking a break from the meeting when he noticed Krystel-Lee in trouble.

Krystel-Lee's father Paul had been reversing out of the carpark when his daughter collapsed.

Mother Tina yesterday said that even though she had CPR training she "just froze".

"Then these two guys appeared out of thin air," Tina said.

"They didn't know each other but they worked like a team.

"I thank God they were there. It was amazing."

Krystal was taken to Tweed Hospital and then airlifted to Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital, where she remains in intensive care.

Tina said her daughter's condition improved yesterday and she was breathing normally.



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