Matthew began experiencing a pain similar to indigestion, but it turned into a cardiac arrest

A wife is urging people to learn CPR after she used the vital technique to save the life of her husband.

A mum-of-two Emma Kenyon leaped into action when her husband Matthew's heart stopped beating in the early hours of Wednesday, February 3.

Matthew began experiencing pain similar to indigestion after waking at around 11pm on Tuesday evening. But when the 39-year-old said the sensation had spread to both of his arms, Emma called NHS non-emergency number 111.

Emma said she rang as 111 "as a precaution" as she "never imagined he could actually be having a heart attack at that age as he is generally fit and well".

With an ambulance en route Matthew was starting to feel better - but then started to feel dizzy, and his condition rapidly deteriorated, YorkshireLive reports.

Emma said "I looked over and he was 'drip white'. As I went to him he fell unconscious and was turning blue - that was the point where he had a cardiac arrest.

"I immediately dialled 999 and the operator talked me through how to do the CPR.

"That is basically what kept him alive until the paramedics arrived with the defibrillator and shocked his heart back into a natural rhythm."

Matthew was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he was fitted with a stent to help unclog a blocked artery.

Neither he nor his family have a history of heart problems.

Emma has now launched a GoFundMe page and hopes to raise enough money to buy a Call Push Rescue Kit, which will enable her to organise regular CPR training sessions for members of her local community.

"We’d like to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and where public access defibrillators are located and encourage other communities get involved in learning these skills," said Emma.

"You never know when you might need them and hopefully save more lives in the future."

The fundraiser, which can be found here, has already smashed Emma's original target of £500. - with her six-year-old son playing a key part, raising £810 by baking treats for friends.

After purchasing the Call Push Rescue Kit, Emma now plans to split the rest of the funds between Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation.

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