I owe her my life: Heart attack victim thanks 10yo
FRANK Moore had a heart attack walking down three steps outside his front door in Gladstone.
He was all alone but a little angel, schoolgirl Tiara Johnson, came to his rescue to help save his life.
Yesterday he was able to thank the 10-year-old for the first time since the emergency in March.
Tiara was on her way to school with her mum Tia and sister Shari when she saw Frank lying unconscious.
He had left for work but returned home for his medicine.
Tiara thought it was weird for a grown man to be lying down. She alerted Tia, who turned the car around.
"She called out to him but he didn't answer," Tiara said.
"Mum held a blanket over Frank so he wasn't in the sun and people couldn't see him.
"It was scary because we didn't know what was going to happen.
"My sister held the blanket when my mum called the ambulance. It felt like forever for the ambulance to get there."
Paramedics Leia Spencer, Adam Edminstone, Renae Cushion and Andrew Tucker arrived and saved Frank's life.
Mr Tucker heard two of Frank's ribs break with the first CPR chest compression.
"Everything was going quickly but I stayed calm and got into a rhythm," he said.
"If you don't break a couple of ribs you aren't doing it properly."
The paramedics restarted Frank's heart and breathing within 14 minutes and transported him to the Gladstone Hospital still unconscious.
Frank said the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital the next day.
"I'm very grateful Tiara was looking around on her way to school and for the paramedics who saved my life," he said.
Yesterday Tiara and her sister Shari received awards of appreciation from the Queensland Health Minister, Cameron Dick, for their part in saving Frank's life.
It was the first time Tiara had seen Frank since his attack, but not from a lack of trying.
"I look at his house everyday on my way to school now," she said.