Plymouth worker rushes colleague to hospital for 'life-saving care'

A worker has been recognised for his heroic actions after he rushed an ill colleague to hospital for 'life-saving care.' Mark Curtis, an Imerys employee who works in operations and loading at the Herreschoff plant sprung into action last month after a haulier became unwell with suspected heart problems.

As concern mounted while colleagues waited for an ambulance, Mark (also known as Banjo), decided to drive him to Derriford Hospital's A&E department. A medical team jumped into action and took the driver inside to deliver life-saving medical care.

Mark didn’t stop there. The driver was from Bulgaria and did not speak English, Mark realised he would be isolated and no doubt scared and disoriented without his friends and family.

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Mark decided to visit him every day, and downloaded a translation app so they could communicate between one another.

Imerys manager Tim Sleeman said: “Banjo truly went above and beyond for this driver - he realised how stressful and lonely he must be having been taken seriously ill away from home. Banjo showed such kindness that we really believe he deserved to be recognised.”

Mark was presented with a £100 voucher, certificate and a tonne of cakes for his team. Banjo said: “I’m overwhelmed to have been recognised for this. I’m a trained first aider so I believe it was up to me to help him and the wider team helped too.

“I’m delighted to say the driver has made it back home to his family in Bulgaria and I am told he is on the road to recovery. I’m just glad that I could help him at such a tricky time. We were worried that if he had tried to keep driving, the situation could have been much more serious for many people.”

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