A MUM who had to be resuscitated in front of her six-year-old son after having a cardiac arrest has been reunited with the paramedics and bystanders that saver her life.

Cathy Angell, 35, collapsed and stopped breathing at Ashdown Riding Centre, near Royal Wootton Bassett, during her son's lesson in April.

Her heart stopped for eight minutes and she was only kept alive by CPR from instructor Chloe Prim and fellow parent Wes Decker.

The mum from Lyneham, who was in a coma for five days and took five weeks to recover in hospital, told the Adver: “If it wasn’t for Chloe and Wes and the ambulance team, my husband would no longer have a wife and my son wouldn’t have a mum.

"I cannot express how grateful I am to them all.

“It’s amazing to meet all of them in person and say thank you.

“My son witnessed it so it's been traumatic for him. I’m not fully recovered, especially mentally. It’s been a slow a difficult journey, but I’m still here."

Wesley Decker used his training from serving in the US Airforce for twenty years to do CPR while waiting for medics, breaking Cathy's ribs and breastbone to effectively keep her heart beating.

He told the Adver: “I think it happened quickly, but it felt like eternity, it makes every second seem like an hour.

“I probably would have been running around like a headless chicken without that army training.”

Paul Murphy, who was the first SWASFT paramedic to arrive and give the first defibrillator shock, said: “Cathy is living proof that people can and do survive cardiac arrests, if they are given the right treatment at the right time.

"It is hugely humbling to be part of a team that achieves such an amazing outcome for a patient.

“She survived because people recognised that she wasn’t breathing effectively and called 999.

Lydia Gardiener, the operator who talked the pair through it, said: “They were definitely instrumental in saving her life.

“They listened, and they weren’t panicking, and kept up with the right rhythm I was telling them.

“More often than not someone who has a cardiac arrest won’t survive."