A heroic wife revived her husband by performing CPR after he ‘died’ for almost an hour.
When Sanita Lazdauska, 39, climbed out of bed one morning, leaving husband Juris Lazduaskis, 45, snoring away, she thought he was asleep.
But she noticed he was making strange sounds and watched in horror as he stopped breathing and turned blue.
Fast-thinking Sanita, a mum-of-two, jumped into action and called for an ambulance, and listened as a call handler told her she’d have to perform life-saving CPR.
The cleaner dragged him off the bed and onto the floor, and performed compressions, keeping blood flowing through his body, while his heart had stopped.
She kept performing CPR for 30 minutes before paramedics arrived. It was 50 minutes in total before Juris’ heart finally started beating again.
Factory worker Juris suffered a cardiac arrest and would not have survived had it not been for his wife’s efforts.
A year after the incident, the family from Cregduff, Ballinrobe, in Ireland, held a “rebirth” party, inviting the paramedics and doctors who helped save him.
Sanita said: “He always talks about his first life and said this is his second life. It was very emotional to see them all, to sit down and have a chat. They were delighted to see him doing so well because the majority of cases they attend the outcome is very different. So it was nice for the team to see someone they had saved.”
She added: “If there was no CPR, there would be no hope for him.”
Juris went into cardiac arrest at around 7am on March 4, 2019.
Sanita said: “I heard he was making a funny noise – something unusual.
“I turned around and it sounded like he was snoring, but it wasn’t a normal snore.
“I thought that he was having a fit because he was curled up.
“I tried to shake him and wake him up but he wouldn’t stop. His eyes were open, but I knew he couldn’t see me.
“I was saying to him ‘what’s going on, wake up’. It lasted a minute and then he fell back, limp and blue, and stopped breathing.
“That’s when I knew, we’re in trouble.”
After 30 minutes of her starting CPR, the emergency services arrived and took over.
After putting him into a coma, he woke up a day later with no memory of his brush with death.