Published on May 2, 2017
Quick-thinking residents Diane Moore and Richard Busson showed incredible kindness when they stepped in to help a neighbour suffering with life-threatening breathing problems.
The pair, from Benizi Court, Bognor Regis, dashed to Rob Pullen’s aid when they heard his cries for help.
They found the 59-year-old collapsed on the floor and gasping for breath outside his front door.
While Richard phoned an ambulance and went to direct the crew to the right place, Diane stayed with Rob to calm him down.
Rob, who is now back at home, has thanked Richard and Diane for their help. And we’ve given them both a Good Neighbour Award.
Rob said: “It’s a really stressful thing to go through – but it’s even worse when you’re on your own. I could have died. That’s why I’m really grateful to Richard and Diane for helping me.
“It’s good to know that you’ve got that extra bit of comfort and security – you’ve got people always looking out for you.”
Richard, 64, added: “There’s always someone on hand who will help you here. We just did what anyone else would do for us.”
Rob was living on his own before he moved into Benizi Court this year after suffering a major heart attack, which has left him with just 34% of his heart function.
The latest episode is thought to have been triggered by a change in his medication, which led to a build up of fluid in his body.
Rob said: “I was really gasping and fighting for breath. My body felt like it was shutting down and I didn’t have the strength to stand up. My heart was already weak so I was worried about how that would be affected too. It was really frightening.
“I managed to pull my emergency cord and made it out of my door where I collapsed on the landing. Thankfully an ambulance was on its way before Richard called one too and it wasn’t long before the crew were with me.”
Diane, 66, said: “I heard someone shouting for help. I opened the door and found Rob on the floor. He was as white as a sheet.
“When someone’s in that state they panic. I think that just makes it worse. The best thing to do is just to try and keep them calm so while Richard called for an ambulance I stayed with Rob. I think it makes it easier knowing someone is there if you’re in distress.”
Scheme manager, Lisa Morgan, added: “The tenants at Benizi Court make excellent neighbours. If anyone body is in distress or has a problem, they know they can find someone who will help. That’s why it’s so lovely here.”