On 10 May 2022, John Martin, now aged 54, had just returned from a golfing holiday with friends when he experienced a sudden cardiac arrest at Luton Airport. Despite feeling fine when leaving the aeroplane, John collapsed at passport control.
Meanwhile, Emma Darker, now aged 29, and her friend Carl had just landed at Luton Airport. After reaching passport control, Emma made her way through the e-gates before Carl shouted in panic for her attention and ran to get her. He was alerting her to a man who had fallen over and was bleeding from his nose. Quickly explaining the situation to security, she was allowed back through to use her first aid training.
Emma said: "When I got to the man on the floor, he had been put in the recovery position. I checked for signs of life and realised he was in cardiac arrest. I asked a few border control officers to help me get him onto his back to begin CPR."
After opening his shirt and starting chest compressions, Emma then asked people nearby to locate a defibrillator. Once a defibrillator had been sourced, she swapped compressions with the airport deputy manager to begin setting up the defibrillator.