First-aider unable to save partner


A FIRST aider could do nothing to save her partner when he suddenly collapsed behind a bathroom door.

Paul Currie, 32, died after falling at his home in Musselburgh, East Lothian last month.

His three-year-old daughter, Jasmine, saw him lying on the floor through a crack in the bathroom door and ran to tell her mum.

But trained first aider Samantha Riddell, 23, could not get in because her partner was slumped against the door.

She said:

“I would have been able to start working on him if I had been able to get to him.

“He was stuck behind the door and I couldn’t move him even by pushing it.

“He was trapped while I was outside the door trying to get in and I could only get my hand in enough to check the pulse on his neck.

“When the paramedics arrived, one was skinny enough to fit through the gap to start working on him. They took him to an ambulance, but a policeman came through later to tell me Paul had passed. “

Mr Currie suffered pancreatitis and irregular heartbeats, but his post mortem had failed to uncover the cause of death.

Ms Riddell added:

“The day before he died was just such a perfect day. He spent the whole day looking after and playing with the kids and we even talked about getting married.

“His death hasn’t hit me yet. I keep expecting him to walk through the door like he’s just been out at the shops.

“I have my kids to keep me going, but I know his parents and family are devastated. “

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