'I am just a normal boy who was going to the shops to get some crisps'

A quick-thinking 17-year-old saved a man's life after he collapsed and stopped breathing by the roadside.

Kyle Irvine was with his cousin, buying crisps at a shop on Kingsway, in Page Moss , when a customer ran inside to say a man had collapsed.

 

The teenager, who lives in Huyton , said he went outside to see the man on the pavement "turning purple" with people crowded around.

However Kyle, who learnt CPR in school, noticed a member of the public performing the resuscitation technique incorrectly and bravely sprung into action.

The former Meadow Park High School pupil said: "I could see someone trying to find his pulse but they were looking in the wrong place.

"So I checked his pulse on his wrist and he didn't have one and wasn't breathing.

"Someone started to give him CPR but they were doing it in the wrong place, like below his ribs, so I just said 'I will take over, I know what I am doing'."

Kyle said when he first came outside Mike's Motor Mart shop, the man - who he believed was in his 40s - was grasping in his pocket for his phone and grabbing at his chest.

The youngster said he kept calm and was telling the man "you are going to be alright" as he performed the life-saving treatment.

He added: "I don't know how I kept calm but I just did.

"I just remembered what my teacher said in school and he said 'in a life threatening situation the worst thing you can do is panic' because then that will cause others to panic.

"I was shaking and I thought he was gone, but then he came back and it was the best feeling in the entire world."

Within minutes paramedics had arrived at the scene, but Kyle relentlessly continued to perform CPR for around 15 minutes.

Following the incident, which happened after 5pm, Kyle said the paramedics at the scene shook his hand and he has been inundated with people congratulating him on his heroic actions.

Kyle, who has four sisters and two brothers, said: "I am just a normal 17-year-old. I am nothing special.

"I am just a normal boy who was going to the shops to get some crisps and getting on with my daily life.

"People keep calling me a hero and I have even had people coming up to me and trying to give me money.

"But what I think is, that man is someone's family.

"No-one can pay for memories and now his family can go on and have more memories with him, that is what is important."

Kyle has also stressed the importance of learning CPR and being first aid trained and said "every kid and adults needs to know it".

The man's condition is not known, however it is understood he remains in hospital.

Kyle said he would like to go to see him when he is discharged and has already met with his mum, who thanked him for saving her son's life.

The teen added: "I made him a promise when I was giving him CPR that he would be fine and I lived up to that promise."

Kyle's mum Marie Kneill said she is "over the moon" at how her son reacted.

She said: "I am dead proud of him, I mean I am always proud of him but this has just topped it all.

"He is a good lad and so kind hearted.

"When they were doing CPR training in school his mates had said to him 'what you doing that for, it's a waste of time' but he just said 'well you never know when you may need it and one day I could need it for my family.'"

"I am just so proud of him."Meanwhile a paramedic who was at the scene told the ECHO that Kyle "without a doubt" saved the man's life.

It is not known what medical episode the man was suffering from.

He said: "Kyle was marvellous.

"It was a very scary situation and he is only 17-years-old, we were all very, very impressed."

"It was a very public place and there was a lot of people around and he just got stuck in.

"The man was very poorly and after three minutes of someone not breathing the chances of survival does decrease, but because of Kyle and his bravery, he without a doubt he saved the man's life."

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