MMA instructor suddenly died for 20 minutes before being saved by students

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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