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Glasgow bus driver who resuscitated one of his passengers after he collapsed has been reunited with the man he saved.

William Bell was driving the 57 bus when he was informed that John McCann had fallen ill. As soon as he saw the 62-year-old, his instincts kicked in and the former lifeguard gave life-saving chest compressions for the next 35 minutes, with the help of a fellow passenger who called 999.

Mr Bell, a bus driver for 11 years, said: “It was a surreal situation, but I did what was needed. With the help of the passenger with the phone, and the call handler, it was a real team effort and we helped to save John’s life.”

To mark Random Acts of Kindness Day on Thursday, Mr McCann met the man who saved his life in April 2021.

Mr McCann delivered a thank-you card to the 59-year-old driver, complete with a heartfelt message and a gift, to the First Bus depot where Mr Bell is based.

John McCann, whose life was saved on a Glasgow bus last year by its driver

He said: “I had to express my gratitude, to let him know just how thankful I was to have been on his bus.

“I feel so grateful, and I’m still amazed that someone would do what William did for a complete stranger.

“What happened has really made me realise life is short, you don’t know what’s around the corner.”

Mr McCann, from the west end of the city, had jogged to the bus stop and was on his way to play tennis when he fell ill.

He was not aware that he had an atrial fibrillation, which can cause irregular and rapid heart rhythm and is quite common in older men.

When passengers on board the Pollokshaws to Glasgow bus alerted the driver, the vehicle was immediately stopped in Pollokshaws Road, allowing the driver to provide help.

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