Firefighter Who Resuscitated Princess Diana After Crash On Her Final Words
Xavier Gourmelon, a firefighter who tried to save Princess Diana's life, has opened up about the tragic accident where the Princess lost her life. The dad-of-two appeared on Good Morning Britain, and said of the late royal: "Nobody knew it was her, no one had recognized her." Continue reading for a shocking reveal and personal story from this brave man!
Picture the scene
A Hero firefighter who heard Princess Diana's final words has told others how he thought he had saved her life by giving her CPR just moments after her fatal Paris car crash. This brave man's name is Xavier Gourmelon. He stated that the princess was conscious and had her eyes open.
He proceeded to pull her from the wrecked Mercedes only to suffer a cardiac arrest as she was placed gently on a stretcher. He didn't give up there but managed to resuscitate her and was convinced that she was alright when her heart began beating again and her breathing had resumed. So, she definitely looked like she would survive.
Sadly, he was horrified when informed later that the 36-year-old princess had died at 4 am in the hospital despite surgeons' frantic efforts to revive her. Xavier, who spent 22 years as a Paris firefighter before returning to his native Britain, has spoken publicly about the crash only once before in evidence to Diana's inquest in 2017.
He stated that he felt able to give his first newspaper interview 20 years on after the August 1997 horror, as he was no longer with the fire service. This was indeed a night he would of never have expected, and one he surely wouldn't forget!
Actual words from a brave firefighter
Xavier said he initially had no idea he was treating the princess at the crash scene inside the Pont de L'Alma tunnel, which was close to the Malar fire station where he was the duty officer. The dad of two said:
"We were very close to there and it took less than three minutes to reach it. My ten-man team was in two trucks and we were first to arrive. The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive. Diana said to me, 'My God, what's happened?'"
"The woman, who I later found out was Princess Diana, was on the floor in the back. She was moving very slightly and I could see she was alive. I could see she had a slight injury to her right shoulder but, other than that, there was nothing significant.
There was no blood on her at all. I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still, I said I was there to help and reassured her. After she spoke, I gave her some oxygen and my team and I stayed by her side as she was taken out of the car. It was very quick because we didn't have to cut any ofsthe wreckage."
But moments later, the stricken princess stopped breathing. Xavier, now in charge of emergency services at Brest airport, said:
He apparently had high hopes as he succeeded in reviving her but that all went downhill:
"We are all trained to give first aid and I saw that she suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. I massaged her heart and a few seconds later she started breathing again. It was a relief of course because, as a first responder, you want to save lives and that's what I thought I had done."
"To be honest I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance, and I expected her to live. But I found out later she had died in hospital."
He continued and stated that it was very upsetting:
"I know now that there were serioous internal injuries, but the whole episode is still very much in my mind. And the memory of that night will stay with me forever. I had no idea then that it was Princess Diana.
It was only when she had been put into the ambulance that one of the paramedics told me it was her. I was so shocked. I knew who she was, but don't follow British royalty closely. I went to the ambulance and looked in and that's when I recognized her."
The tragic ending
The mum-of-two, Diana, tragically died in the crash with lover Dodi Fayed and the driver Henri Paul. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived. Keen trail runner Xavier went on with the story:
Doing what he knew best and seeing this on a regular basis, he continued:
"I can still picture it now in my mind. This is the first time I have spoken to the media. As a fireman you are part of the French military, so you are forbidden to talk. Now I have left the fire service I felt it was OK."
"For me this was simply a banal traffic accident, one of many that emergency services have to deal with and it was the usual causes, speed and a drunk driver. When I got to the car I could see the driver was already dead and there was nothing that could be done for him."
He had seen these kinds of traumas before, and this situation was not good at all:
"Mr. Fayed was in the back and in a bad condition, he had a cardiac arrest in the car and when he was taken out he was declared dead by a paramedic. The bodyguard in the front was conscious, but he was trapped and had very severe facial injuries."
He stated that even the bodyguard panicked in his frantic state:
"He kept asking for the princess, saying, 'Where is she? Where is she?' But my team told him to keep calm and not speak. I told him that none of my men spoke English so it was better for him to keep still and not move. I told him not to worry we were looking after everyone."
After Diana was taken to the city's Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, Xavier returned to the nearby fire station, where he was working a double weekend shift. He recalled how he immediately phoned home to tell his wife what had happened. Xavier said:
"She was asleep and I told her about the accident and Princess Diana. I said that she had suffered a cardiac arrest but I'd managed to revive her."
An official report said the princess had suffered massive internal injuries and a ruptured blood vessel next to her heart which was causing internal bleeding. Xavier said: "I can still picture the whole scene. It's something I'll never forget and that I always think about at this time of year."
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