A MUCH-LOVED community stalwart who suffered a massive heart attack two weeks ago at his Griffith home is recovering in a Sydney hospital.
Griffith RSL sub-branch member and tireless community volunteer, Roy Stacy, is recuperating after undergoing heart surgery at the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
Ninety-three year old Mr Stacy owes his life to the quick actions of two local men, who performed CPR on him.
"I need to say a very big thank you to the men who were doing odd jobs for me. I owe my life to them," he said.
"I was taken to Wagga and they sent me back to Griffith, but the specialist there said they could do something for me and sent me by air ambulance to Sydney.
"The doctors here found two arteries near my heart were blocked and they took those out and put new ones in.
"They are looking after me well here and I'm getting there slowly."
Mr Stacy's grateful wife Nancy is urging everyone to learn CPR.
"I think everyone needs to learn it," she said.
"It saved Roy's life.
"We are just very fortunate that the men were here.
"He seems to be recovering well and he should be home next week."
The Ambulance Service of NSW also advises that performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can help save a life, often the life of a family member or someone you know.