Lifestyle

Student saves instructor’s life during lesson

Josefina Duggan and Alliott Simmons with Alan Duggan (right) who has recovered from a massive heart attack thanks to Alliott's quick actions.
Josefina Duggan and Alliott Simmons with Alan Duggan (right) who has recovered from a massive heart attack thanks to Alliott's quick actions. Valerie Horton

A QUICK-thinking 17-year-old saved his driving instructor's life when he drove him to the Hervey Bay Hospital during one of his lessons.

Alliott Simmons only knew the instructor Alan Duggan by his first name and nothing else when Mr Duggan suffered a massive heart attack in the early morning of July 12.

"I was only on my second lesson with Alan and we were driving along Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd. And just before the go-kart track, Alan said turn left and he just fell asleep," Mr Simmons said.

"I thought he was making a joke at me because I was driving slowly, but I quickly realised what was happening so I drove straight to the hospital."

Mr Simmons, who got his P-plates last Friday, said doctors did CPR on Mr Duggan on the kerb for 20 minutes because they didn't have time to get him inside the hospital.

"It took a while for the people at the emergency department to realise what was happening because they didn't realise I was on my lesson," Mr Simmons said.

"They came over to make sure I wasn't in shock - but having a nurse for a mum and a paramedic dad, I was well aware of the situation.

"I have a first-aid certificate and knew that in a situation like that, I only have two or three minutes to get someone to the hospital before the worst happens."

Mr Duggan, who was airlifted to the Nambour Hospital on the day to get a stent in his heart, said Mr Simmons saved his life.

"I didn't know what happened until I woke up four days later. Doctors said Alliott was a hero and I owe my life to him," he said.

"He even called the hospital a few days later to check on me and I'm very touched that he even cared."

Mr Duggan, who goes for walks every morning, said the attack, which was his first, was a wake-up call for him to eat more healthily.

"My wife put me on a strict diet of grilled food, salad and steamed vegetables," he said.

The instructor is also not allowed to drive for six months.

Topics:  driving instructor, editors picks, heart attack, student



Five best fish and chip shops on the Fraser Coast

We did a shout out on Facebook asking our readers where’s the best place to get fish and chips across the region

The best fish and chip shops have been revealed

Choppy seas don't stop Great Fraser Coast Duck Race

The 2016 Great Fraser Coast Duck Race - Andrew Edwards with head duck Harry and some of his friends.

Hundreds flocked to Hervey Bay's WetSide Water Park

The day Dylan Sinclair took on the scooter world

SCOOTER: 15-year-old Dylan Sinclair shows off his skills at Rock Off Hervey Bay.

Sinclair took on the world's best, and almost won.

Local Partners

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.