Mixed martial arts instructor Mark Hobbs was saved by his students when he “died” for 20 minutes.
The 46-year-old was in a sparring session when his heart stopped and he collapsed.
Mark, who had pinned Richard Bisset, 39, to the ground, said: “It was lucky.
“Had I been underneath no-one would have known that I was struggling as I would have already been lying on the floor.
“Because I was on top I said, ‘Why can’t I choke you? I’ve no power.’ He knew something was seriously wrong. I said, ‘Stop, stop,’ then curled over and went blue.”
Three other students – Aaron Todd, 17, Mark Newton, 40, and Julian Leone, 30 – took it in turns to perform CPR while Mark’s son Harry, 19, carried out mouth-to-mouth.
He was “dead for 20 minutes” before paramedics arrived and restarted his heart with a defibrillator.
He was put in an induced coma and taken to hospital, where medics discovered he had three blocked arteries.
Mark, of East Grinstead, West Sussex, who had bypass surgery, said: “No doubt about it – my students Julian, Mark and Aaron saved my life.
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“Without their quick-thinking and their swift actions I don’t think I would be here to tell the tale.”
After going through this life-changing experience, Mark set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to buy defibrillators and provide CPR courses to save lives.
In the campaign post, he said: "I was extremely lucky as the odds were only 5% that I would be ok, and beating these odds was down to the perfect CPR from guys at the gym that kept the blood pumping around my brain. "
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