Tearful teen reunited with guardian angels
By ED SOUTHORN
KRYSTAL-LEE Hassett could hardly hold back the tears as she was reunited with the two guardian angels who saved her life.
Peter Beeby, from Casino, and Phil Arnott, from Fingal Head, came to the Ipswich teenager's rescue this month after she stopped breathing for about three minutes in the Point Danger car park at Tweed Heads.
Peter and Phil used CPR to revive Krystal-Lee after she had collapsed in her family's car on November 13.
On Saturday, the trio finally got a chance to catch up, embracing on a park bench outside Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital, with Krystal-Lee saying her thanks as she struggled to hold back the tears.
Peter and Phil recounted how they were strangers to each other until they rushed to help the blonde 15-year-old lying limp in her mother's arms at Point Danger. The two rescuers have now become mates.
They worked in tandem for about 10 minutes to revive Krystal. Peter gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while Phil applied heart massage.
Krystal-Lee's mum, Tina, declared that the life-saving actions of Peter and Phil had renewed her faith in God.
"When you think about 9/11 and what happened in Bali, it's just been all bad and ugly recently," Tina said.
"There have been so many tragic things happen, then to have two total strangers do something like that to bring her back, they really are angels of God.
"Krystal just hasn't finished her time on Earth yet."
Tina said she felt Peter had been specially guided to help Krystal-Lee when she learned he had forgotten Queensland was not on daylight saving time and arrived at the Point Danger car park to meet a friend one hour early.
Born with a heart defect, Krystal-Lee is well-known to Prince Charles' coronary specialists, but doesn't much like hospital.
She was discharged on Saturday afternoon, although she has been placed on heart medication and is due back at the hospital this week for blood tests.
Krystal-Lee, Peter and Phil embraced on a bench outside the hospital, as Krystal-Lee waited for her dad Paul, a factory worker and junior rugby league coach, to collect the family car.
She was given a St Christopher's medallion necklace by Peter and flowers by Phil and his partner Dee.
Peter told Krystal-Lee he hoped that St Christopher would help protect her in the future.
Krystal-Lee was mostly lost for words on meeting her lifesavers. She said thanks and struggled to hold back tears.