RTE's Michael Lyster saved by kiss of life from his wife Anne
'His heart stopped, his face was blue'
RTE presenter Michael Lyster's heart stopped beating and he was brought back from the dead by his wife who used the kiss of life to save him.
Anne, his wife of 30 years, used cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the emergency lifesaving technique used when breathing or heartbeat stops.
The 61-year-old RTE broadcaster was kept alive by chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as Anne waited for paramedics to arrive at their South Dublin home.
"His heart stopped beating, his face was blue," Anne told the Sunday Independent yesterday as she relived the awful moments after her husband collapsed nine days ago.
Michael said: "I am not a religious person but I suppose I would be spiritual. When something like this happens you are left with no doubt in your mind but there is a thin line between dying and surviving. And you have to wonder about these things. You have to think 'it just wasn't your time.'
"If it wasn't for a set of circumstances I would not be here today. I would have been gone. I would have kicked the bucket last Friday. Instead I am alive," he said
Michael had just returned home after playing golf with friend Vincent Hogan.
"I left my mobile phone in his car so I went quickly to the house phone and rang Vincent. He said he would come back.
"I remember walking towards the front door and opening it and that is all I remember. I was down on the floor when Vincent arrived and I remember nothing else. He shouted up to Anne and she came down and did CPR. She saved me."