A firefighter has been reunited with a man he thought had died by the roadside seven months ago.
Chris Kendall gave CPR to a man having a heart attack in June last year, and was later told by police he had died.
The 33-year-old was stunned in November to get a text out of the blue from Allan Hainey, 59, thanking him for saving his life.
Last night, the pair met for the first time at Allan’s 60th birthday party, a milestone he wouldn’t have reached if it weren’t for Chris.
And in a twist of fate, the party was on the same night as Chris’ 33rd birthday.
Allan told his saviour: ‘I’m so grateful. The doctors said to me that it was remarkable that I had survived, and that wouldn’t have been possible without what you did.
‘The ambulance crew said I was the closest person to death they had ever seen after such a severe heart attack, but I made it through. I wouldn’t be here without Chris.’
And Chris replied: ‘It was amazing that you even came to at the side of the road, I didn’t think you would, but you did.’
The two men became emotional as they talked about that night on the A1 near Cove, in the Scottish Borders.
Allan’s wife Margo Hainey, who was with them at the roadside, said Chris is now ‘part of the family’.
Chris added: ‘It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s still very surreal to me, and it’s such a strange situation, but I couldn’t have wished for a better guy to have come across at the side of the road.’
The celebrations were heralded in by the Bee Gees song ‘Staying Alive’ – the tune Chris kept to the tempo while giving Allan CPR.
Allan was travelling home from a holiday lodge in the summer when he suffered an almost fatal heart attack.
Luckily, firefighter and former CPR instructor Chris spotted Allan being dragged from his car.
Chris, who was living in Kincardine, Fife, at the time of Allan’s heart attack, stopped to deliver life-saving compressions for 15 minutes.
Now both men are pushing for more people to learn CPR and Allan has arranged training for 900 employees at Police Scotland HQ.