A paramedic who was attending to a patient experiencing a cardiac arrest suffered a heart attack and was saved by coworkers.
Jeremy Williams, a 53-year-old senior emergency medical technician, gave the 30-year-old lady CPR at her house.
However, the East of England Ambulance Service employee at the Stewartby, Bedfordshire, home suddenly had “excruciating” agony.
As some of his teammates proceeded to shock the patient after realizing what was going on, others performed an ECG on Jeremy.
As they managed both injuries and transported them to different hospitals, they realized he was experiencing a heart attack.
During Jeremy’s emergency operation, two stents were implanted to open the blocked arteries surrounding his heart.
Now, both he and the first patient are fully recovering.
”I can laugh about it now because I’m glad to be here, but if it hadn’t been for my colleagues it would be a completely different story. We knew it was a bad job when we arrived because the patient’s condition was so serious, but it just seemed to get worse from there. I’ve come off a motorbike at high speed so know what pain is, but have never felt anything like I did on that day. It was so excruciating that the crew couldn’t dry my chest to attach the ECG. But once they did get a reading, they knew what they had to do and transferred me straight to the specialist hospital at Lister where I had two stents fitted. I now feel fine, but shudder to think what the outcome would be if this had happened on a country road in the middle of nowhere with no one else around. But for me, everything fell into place – if I was going to have a heart attack, I couldn’t have had it with better people around me. I will be forever grateful for the amazing team effort which helped to save two lives that day.”
Both patients were cared for by EEAST employees Mark Evans, Nadine Ward, Paul Neary, Dave Jadidi, and Sophie Reynolds.
Shaun Whittington, the advanced paramedic in urgent care who oversaw the occurrences said the shift was one he will never forget.
“Jeremy’s heart rate and blood pressure dropped dramatically while we were on the way to hospital and at one point I thought he was going to go into cardiac arrest,” said Shaun. I don’t know who was sweating more – him or me. We waited at the Lister while he had the stent fitted and within just 40 minutes he was a completely different person. When we arrived he looked like he was about to die, but after the surgery it was like he had just come home from a holiday. I’ve been in this job for 22 years and have never heard of anything like this happening before, and really hope it never happens again. The fact that Jeremy and the patient have both recovered is a testament to the skills and dedication of the team on scene on the day, who worked together brilliantly to manage two very challenging incidents.”