Sydney bus driver saves passenger's life

ninemsn staff
7:26pm April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013: A security camera has captured the moment a quick-thinking Sydney bus driver jumped to the rescue to resuscitate a passenger who collapsed and stopped breathing.

A Sydney bus driver has been hailed a hero after saving the life of a passenger who collapsed and stopped breathing.

Video shows driver Amar Wahid keeping an eye on an out-of-breath woman after she struggled to get on board the bus at Burwood at 9.10am last month, Nine News reported.

Seconds later she collapsed, stopped breathing and turned blue.

Mr Wahid rushed to her side and performed CPR, which he had recently updated his knowledge of after becoming a father.

"I started doing CPR on the lady and got her alive again and then all of a sudden she collapses again," he told Nine News.

He continued to perform CPR for 12 minutes until paramedics arrived and took over.

April 30, 2013: A heroic bus driver from Sydney's west is being lauded as a hero after he moved quickly to save a passenger's life when she collapsed and stopped breathing.

The woman was taken to hospital and has since recovered.

Paramedics praised Mr Wahid for his calmness in a life-threatening situation and NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said he was a "model bus driver".

"He is a typical hero, a modest hero, who did what he had to do when a woman collapsed and saved her life," Ms Berejiklian said.

But Mr Wahid said he didn't see himself as a hero.

"Other drivers, I'm sure if they know what they're doing they would have jumped and done the same thing to assist that person," he said.

"I mean, it's someone's mum and someone's wife."

Mr Wahid, who lives in Holsworthy in Sydney's south west, came to Australia as an Iraqi refugee in 1999 and is now an Australian citizen.

Source: Nine News

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Fiona Willan

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