“A HERO firefighter who heard Princess Diana’s final words has told how he thought he had saved her life by giving her CPR moments after her fatal Paris car crash.
“The Sun reports Xavier Gourmelon, 50, said the princess was conscious and had her eyes open as he pulled her from a wrecked Mercedes — only to suffer a cardiac arrest as she was placed gently on a stretcher.
“He managed to resuscitate her and was convinced when her heart started beating again and her breathing resumed that she would survive.
“But he was horrified when told later that the 36-year-old princess had died at 4am in hospital despite surgeons’ frantic efforts to revive her.
“Xavier, who spent 22 years as a Paris firefighter before returning to his native Brittany, has spoken in public of the crash only once before — in evidence to Diana’s inquest in 2007.”
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