Asda driver used Nellie the Elephant to bring a dog walker ‘back from the dead’

An Asda delivery driver brought a dog walker "back from the dead" by singing Nellie the Elephant in his head.

Eagle-eyed Ant Head spotted the man in difficulty during his round in Stoke-on-Trent, and quickly pulled over to perform CPR.

The 30-year-old, who works from Asda's Wolstanston store, carried out chest compressions on Rob Colburn, 47, until paramedics arrived, before carrying on with his deliveries.

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Dad-of-two, Ant, said: "He looked like he was having a seizure at first, then his breathing became laboured and then non existent.

"His lips were going blue and his face purple and I couldn't find a pulse.

"It was then that I said to myself 'this is it' and started to do CPR while another gentleman, who'd pulled over, called 999.

"They spoke to me over the phone while I did the CPR – I was singing Nellie the Elephant in my head to get the right rhythm."

In the meantime, Rob's wife Nicola had arrived at the scene and Ant reassured her that her husband was okay.

Rob, who has two sons was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where medics continued to save his life.

“I am so unbelievably grateful for Ant saving my life and giving me CPR," said Rob.

"If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today.

"I'm meeting up with Ant soon to thank him personally for what he did."

Ant completed his first aid training late last year through the World Jujutsu Federation, where he is a coach.

He said: "I wasn't even meant to be in work that day.

"We were a driver short so I was asked if I could come in which I did.

"If I hadn't I wouldn't have been driving down that road – it's fate!"

After finishing his shift Ant even went to the hospital with food and drink for Nicola in case she needed it.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust posted on Facebook to thank Ant for his quick thinking.

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On the post, emergency medicine consultant Dr Paul Hancock said: "He was essentially dead for a period of time and thanks to the speedy reaction of the delivery driver who gave him CPR he was given the best chance of survival."

Amy Jones, online trading manager at Ant's store, said: "What Ant did that day was just amazing.

"He saved someone's life, then continued with his run like it was nothing."

Rob has been nominated for an Asda service superstar award for his actions.

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