Well known Asda worker, George Barclay has been a familiar face at Blantyre Asda. Now after 39 years as he takes his retirement, he’s received a very special message from a woman whose life, he saved.
George bravely saved the life of Jodie McLaughlan when she was a baby, 27 years ago. Now, as his retirement coincides with her becoming a mum, she’s sent a special messages to wish him all the best, saying: “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for George.”
Security colleague George (60) came to the rescue when Jodie had a convulsion and swallowed her tongue which caused her to stop breathing a a baby.
He says he can remember it as if it was yesterday: “When I got to Jodie she was actually blue. I was a first aider so I noticed that she’d swallowed her tongue. I managed to get it free, then gave her the kiss of life, massaged her chest and managed to get her breathing again. It took a little while, but after a couple of minutes she started crying. I was so overjoyed that she was okay.”
A few years ago when Jodie turned 18, she came into the Blantyre store with her family and presented George with a pen and a card as a thank you.
Jodie, now 27 is pictured here with her two-week-old son Travis, said: “If it wasn’t for George’s actions that day my future could have been very different.”
“George has been at the store for a long time and you always see him when you go in. He’s always there and I wave to him. I’d like to wish him all the best in his retirement.”
As would we! That was a brave thing you did all those years ago George. A incredible thing. Well done and on behalf of all the community of Blantyre, we wish you all the very best in your well deserved retirement years.
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