Thanks, son - you have just saved my life!

James McFarlane and his son Antonni
James McFarlane and his son Antonni

A Lochgelly man saved his father’s life after he stopped breathing twice.

Jim McFarlane (53) had technically died twice before the ambulance arrived, but was resuscitated by his son, Antonni (23), who’d been woken by his mother’s call for help.

He managed to keep his dad alive as they all waited for the paramedics to arrive.

Now medical staff at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where Jim was taken, have praised Antonni for his actions and quick thinking after his 
father suffered a cardiac arrest.

Mr McFarlane, who suffered from a heart attack a few years ago, had been unwell for some time and was in bed when he took a turn for the worse.

Struggling for breath, he shook his wife Charlene awake.

She said: “I was woken by my husband in the early hours of the morning and I noticed straight away that something wasn’t right and he was really struggling for breath and sounded quite deep and 

“I went to get his angina spray, but that didn’t seem to help at all and it usually does when he is struggling to breathe properly.

“I quickly ran to wake up my son, who is a trained life guard.

“He ran into our bedroom and just seemed to know exactly what to do.

“He perfomed CPR on his father. What he did was amazing, even though I’m not sure he realised at the time, as it all happened so quickly. ”

“We really didn’t have time to think about what was going on. Our only concern was making sure Jim was going to be OK.

“I really can’t thank my son enough for what he did,” continued Mrs McFarlane.

“He acted with such bravery all the way through the ordeal and this was actually the first time that he had had to administer CPR - and on his dad as well.

“The hospital staff said that if they could give medals for what he did then they would do so.

“It ultimately played a large part in saving his father’s life.

“I’m happy to be able to say that Jim is now on the road to recovery and will undergo some tests before being fitted with a pace maker.

Hopefully then we will be allowed to take him home.

“As a mother, I cannot thank Antonni enough for what he has done and cannot even begin to express my gratitude,” she added.

“The service we received from everyone at the hospital and the ambulance crew has been excellent and our daughter Shawnni has been strong supporting all of us.”

Antonni added: “I just did what I had to do at the time but I hope that I never have to do it again. I really wouldn’t wish what I had to do for my dad on anyone.

“ It was very difficult for me to do now that I have had time to think about it.

“Now though, I’m just so glad that my dad is still alive today and that I played a part in making that happen.”