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Bouncers praised for saving Nicole's life
SAVING lives is becoming just another part of the job for two bouncers at a Salisbury nightclub.
The quick actions of Ben Murley and Brendan Jeynes, known as Gino, who are both doormen at The Chapel nightclub in Milford Street, have been praised by the family of a local woman after she collapsed at the club, and it’s not the first time the pair have been thanked for their life-saving skills.
Nicole Uphill was enjoying a night out on July 25 when she started to feel unwell.
Staff at the club noticed the 18-year-old was having trouble breathing normally, took her into another room and fetched Mr Jeynes, who is trained in first aid.
Thinking she was suffering an asthma attack, he tried to slow her breathing, but Miss Uphill got worse and, after calling an ambulance, the bouncers had to perform CPR when she lost consciousness.
They connected Miss Uphill to an electronic defibrillator which allowed them to monitor her condition, but they didn’t need to shock her heart as they got her breathing again with CPR after a few minutes.
Club owner Amanda Newbury said: “Most of our bouncers and bar staff are trained in first aid. I dread to think what would have happened if she’d been in a quiet area or a place without any first aid training.
“That’s always our message to Pub Watch, we’d encourage others to get the training and if other latenight premises need our defibrillator we can whip round to them.”
The defibrillator was donated to the nightclub by the family of Carla Wong, a woman saved by Mr Jeynes and two other members of The Chapel’s staff in 2007 when she collapsed on the dancefloor due to a preexisting heart condition.
Mr Murley has previously been praised for his life-saving actions when he was awarded a Royal Humane Society award for remarkable courage in May last year.
He was driving home at 3.20am in October 2010 when he came across a crashed car and kept the driver, Lewis Watling, who had severe back and neck injuries, alive until the emergency services arrived. He has now taken his heroic duties one step further and become a trainee ambulance driver.
Tracey Lanham, Miss Uphill’s mother, said: “Nicole was very shaken up but she’s fine. She’s at that age where they think they are indestructible. But Ben and Gino were very helpful.
If it hadn’t been for them Nicole might not be here.
“They saved her life, really, and we just want to say a big thank you to them.”
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