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Furniture store volunteer saves life of baby

A volunteer at our Hornchurch furniture store can be celebrated this national Volunteers' Week as a hero after saving the life of a baby.
John Edwards with Arda (cropped)
John Edwards and hospice driver Andy Brown were due to deliver a cot and a mattress to Galya Angelova who is a regular customer of our Hornchurch furniture store last Thursday (28th May) at 2pm.

As fate would have it they were passing close to Galya's home in Chaplaincy Gardens in Hornchurch just before 12, so they gave Galya a call to see if they could deliver the goods earlier than originally planned. She agreed, but when they knocked at the door 31-year-old mother ran out of the flat crying with her seven-month-old baby Arda, who wasn't breathing.

Quick-thinking John took "lifeless" Arda, laid him down on a pillow and began performing CPR.

"To me, he was dead. He was white, his lips were blue and his pupils were very small. His grandmother was there screaming but didn't speak English and his mother was calling an ambulance and with her daughter. I had to work out what to do. I had to keep calm. I blew in his mouth and used three fingers to press his chest 10 times, I did that twice. After the second time, he started breathing" said John when he spoke to the Romford Recorder.

"I thought my boy was dying," said Galya, pictured below with John and baby Arda after their ordeal. "John saved his life". (Picture courtesy of The Romford Recorder).
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Galya and partner Taner Armusen who had rushed home from work then took Arda to Queen's Hospital in Romford  in an ambulance where doctors said he had suffered a serious convulsion.

Lynn Saunders, the Manager of the Hornchurch furniture store said: "John  is a wonderful guy. He's always interacting with our customers and the energy he has in unbelievable. Any mum would be proud of him."

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Driver Andy Brown, who usually works out of our South Street Romford shop said:  "John was really calm in a chaotic situation and dealt with the situation so well."

John (pictured left outside the Hornchurch furniture store) admitted that what he had done didn't really sink in until he got back to the shop.  "I had a moment and started to cry" said John.