A young couple have recalled the critical moment they and other witnesses "saved" a security guard's life during an attempted robbery at a Sunshine Coast shopping centre.
Queensland Police were called to Sunshine Plaza at Maroochydore at about 11.20am on Sunday following reports of an assault on a 39-year-old woman outside Kmart.
Yahoo News understands the security guard went into cardiac arrest from the violent attack, after trying to detain an alleged Kmart robber, who according to Nine News, head-butted the woman multiple times.
Before paramedics arrived at the scene, several witnesses rushed to her aid, including a local couple.
"[I] jumped in with a couple of other people and just started performing CPR and first aid," Jack Harris told Nine News.
"And screaming for the defib," his partner Kiana Beri chimed in. "Had we not been there, had we walked on... who knows. But I truly believe he [her partner] saved her life."
Access to a public defibrillator can significantly increase survival rates from cardiac arrest to 50 per cent. And even more to 70 per cent when used in conjunction with CPR in the first three to four minutes. Sunshine Coast Police thought it was “very lucky” witnesses knew first aid, The Courier Mail reported.
Woman transferred to hospital in 'serious condition'
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) told Yahoo News Australia that when they arrived at the scene six minutes after being called, the woman "wasn’t in cardiac arrest" anymore.
The security guard was then transported by paramedics to Sunshine Coast University Hospital for "head injuries" while "conscious but still in serious condition", a QAS spokesman said. As of last night, she is believed to be in stable condition.
Woman in 20s charged after Sunshine Plaza incident
On Sunday night, a 24-year-old Currimundi woman was charged with one count of armed robbery with violence and stealing, a Queensland Police spokesman said. She faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday.
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