Gosberton life-saving twins star in new film about LIVES

EVERYDAY HEROES: Gosberton twins Louise and Nicola O'Connor appear in a new film about LIVES First Responders and their work.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
EVERYDAY HEROES: Gosberton twins Louise and Nicola O'Connor appear in a new film about LIVES First Responders and their work. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Life-saving twin sisters from Gosberton are in a new film which shows how they are using family tragedy to help others.

Nicola and Louise O’Connor (23) told their heartbreaking story of why they volunteer for South Holland LIVES First Responders after losing their dad in November 2015 while he was waiting for a triple heart bypass operation.

The film, released yesterday as part of LIVES Everyday Heroes week, features the sisters’ accounts of how they tried to save their dad, John (54), after they found him unconscious at their home.

Nicola, a pharmacy technician with Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “All kinds of emotions go through your head when you come home from shopping and find your father unresponsive.

“At the time I actually just screamed my head off because I didn’t really know what had gone on and it was completely unexpected.

“I then got on the phone to 999 while Mum just hugged Dad and Louise came round.

If we didn’t have the LIVES training, we wouldn’t have done what we did as we wouldn’t have had the confidence

Louise O’Connor of Gosberton

“We then realised Dad was still warm and because we were First Responders, we did CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).“

Louise, a beauty therapist, said: “If we didn’t have the LIVES training, we wouldn’t have done what we did as we wouldn’t have had the confidence.

“We’re so grateful that LIVES has given us that confidence to have given Dad that chance.

“He didn’t make it but if we can save somebody else’s relative, that’s what we want to do.”

We featured big story on the twins in April this year.

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