Carfin man Tony Donnelly would have died in a matter of minutes without the exemplary first aid provided by staff at his work, Terex at Newhouse.
And this week he and colleague David Feeney said a heart-felt thanks to the workers, paramedics and hospital staff who all pitched in to save his life.
David, a near neighbour and friend, later raised nearly £800 for the cardiac unit at Hairmyres Hospital by collecting sponsorship money for his run in a Glasgow half marathon event.
Terex promptly matched that amount with a donation of their own.
“I am living proof that Terex take health and safety very seriously indeed,” said Tony.
“I was in hospital in 16 minutes flat, but without that initial aid I don’t think I’d be here.
“Now I am back at work and very grateful for the incredibly efficient way things were handled.”
The cash raised for the hospital will be used to buy two hypothermic blankets, which are used to lower a patient’s temperature.
“I was in a coma until it was safe for them to bring me round,” said Tony, “but when I found that nurses had had to lower my temperature by loading pillow slips with ice cubes I was flabbergasted.
“When you consider the time and hassle it cost them when the ‘blanket’ does the job perfectly, it just didn’t make sense.”
David Feeney decided the best way they could show his appreciation for the medical and nursing staff’s efforts was by raising the funds to buy the equipment themselves.
And the cash was duly handed over to grateful NHS staff on Friday.
Tony said: “I owe these people everything - and the least they deserve is the proper equipment they need to do the job .”