Two doctors, paramedic and fireman on hand to save heart attack victim
A heart attack victim was saved when he crashed his car in front of two doctors, a paramedic and a fireman.
Motorist John Walker, 66, smashed into a wall after suffering the cardiac arrest as he drove through Salcombe, Devon. But help was quickly to hand in the shape of a retired paramedic travelling in the car behind plus two doctors – one a cardiac anaesthetist – sitting on a nearby bench.
The holidaying doctors, a young couple, raced over to assist the paramedic while a fireman who also happened to be passing dashed to his nearby station for oxygen.
The four kept John alive until an air ambulance arrived to fly him to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital where he spent 24 hours in intensive care before pulling through.
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The heart specialist at the scene supervised the resuscitation attempts and administrated a shot of adrenaline to John's leg.
Grateful John said there was no doubt having all four life-savers within shouting distance helped him cheat death.
He said: "After my car banged into the wall I was dragged on to the pavement by a former first responder who had been travelling behind me.
"He, with a couple of other passers-by, started instant CPR on me.
"Sitting on a bench just over the wall was a young cardiac anaesthetist with his pregnant wife, a doctor, enjoying their holiday.
"They immediately involved themselves in keeping me alive. Then a local retained fireman – who happened to be walking past – ran to the fire station to get oxygen.
"The present first responder then arrived with medical supplies. He used the defibrillators while the young doctor injected adrenalin into my leg.
"Emergency services responded quickly and paramedics took over, stretchering me into an ambulance which rushed me to the rugby ground and into the waiting air ambulance.
"Right up to that point, my care had been supervised by the anaesthetist."
Married John, a grandfather, spent 12 days in hospital but is now recovering at home.