Lisa Boyd was busy with her first client of the day when she blacked out and collapsed on the floor of her barber shop in Taupo this week.
Boyd said: “I went to work and was pretty much through my first hair cut when I just collapsed. I had a sudden cardiac arrest. I died three times that day. I’m quite fit and have never had heart trouble before.”
Hayden Carthew, a trained paramedic with more than 10 years’ experience, rushed to her aid.
He said: “I was told she was having a seizure. When I got there she was on the floor and not breathing. I just got on with the job at hand and no one else was there to do it. I just thought of her kids and instinct just kicked in.”
A post by Boyd’s sister, Mandy, on the Facebook page for Lisa’s barber shop said the fortunate survivor was “on the mend” following the incident.
The post read: “Thank you all for your caring thoughts and concern. I am happy to put everyone’s minds at ease. My beautiful sister is now awake and on the mend.”