Heart attack woman saved

TWEED police officers saved a woman’s life after she suffered a heart attack while appearing in court.

The 43-year-old woman was in Tweed Heads Local Court appealing against the loss of her licence when she began experiencing medical difficulties about 11.30am, Tuesday.

Within a few dramatic moments, the woman had collapsed and was showing no signs of life.

Senior Constables Paula Johnston and Cassandra Bargh, along with police prosecutor Bob Hanzic, moved in quickly to attend to the woman.

They found she was not breathing and her heart had stopped.

In an act that paramedics say saved the woman’s life, the three police officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived on the scene.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said paramedics stabilised the woman’s condition and, utilising a defibrillator, successfully restored normal heart rhythm and breathing.

“I understand if it wasn’t for police intervention in the court room she would not have survived,” Insp Steel said.

The woman was taken to The Tweed Hospital for further treatment, where she is expected to remain for a number of days.

A North Coast Area Health Service spokeswoman said the woman was in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.

The woman’s appeal hearing was adjourned until late July.

Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens praised the officers for their quick thinking. “There is nothing more rewarding in this occupation than saving someone’s life, and I congratulate them on their actions.”

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