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Boy, 15, commended after heroic effort

Reza Irvani from Banbury helped John Yates who was struggling for air in his mobility scooter. Reza Irvani with his mum, Karen, dad, Shahram and sister, Soraya. NNL-141208-113748009

Reza Irvani from Banbury helped John Yates who was struggling for air in his mobility scooter. Reza Irvani with his mum, Karen, dad, Shahram and sister, Soraya. NNL-141208-113748009

A Banbury pensioner has been reunited with the 15-year-old boy who saved his life last week after he got into trouble breathing.

John Yates, 73, of Orchard Meadows, met up with Reza Irvani and the rest of his family on Tuesday, to thank him for rescuing him.

Mr Yates, who lives in a sheltered housing complex, suffers from emphysema and requires mobile oxygen supply each time he leaves home.

When going past the Irvani family home in Bath Road in his mobility scooter last Tuesday, he began struggling for air as something was wrong with his supply.

Reza, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was alone at home at the time and when he saw what happened he quickly called 999.

He said: “I know John. He comes to our church. From our front room window I could see he was in trouble, waving his arms around for help.

“I went outside and he couldn’t breathe so I called an ambulance.”

Mr Yates, who soon recovered well after being given oxygen by paramedics, commended Reza for his quick action and bravery.

He said: “I couldn’t breathe and if Reza hadn’t acted so quickly and called an ambulance, I may not have survived. I’d also like to thank the paramedics who treated me.”

Reza’s mother Karen, who is also the founder and principal of local autism group Parents Talking Asperger’s, said his condition often presents difficulties with communicating, socialising and interacting with people.

She said he had previously struggled at mainstream school but had found new confidence and independence since starting at Swalcliffe Park School last December; a specialist school for boys with Asperger’s and Autism.

Mrs Irvani said: “What an incredible achievement. Since starting Swalcliffe Reza is becoming the accomplished young man we always knew he could be.

“His dad and I are so very proud of how he overcame any panic and helped someone in danger and need.”

 

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