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Secamb patients thank ambulance workers who saved their lives
Patients have been reunited with the ambulance workers who saved their lives.
The annual Our Survivors event celebrates the skills of South East Coast Ambulance Service by telling some of the stories of those they helped.
This year’s event at Wakehurst Place near Haywards Heath featured three patients from Sussex who were treated during the past year.
Adam MacDiarmaid-Gordon was treated at his home in Shoreham after stopping breathing following a heart attack.
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His wife Lesley and their daughter Katy, 14, were given CPR advice over the phone by 999 control room worker operator David Notts until paramedic crews arrived. He was treated at the scene until he was strong enough to be taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Mr MacDiarmaid-Gordon said: “I can recall noth ing of this episode but my wife and daughter have described what happened and were very appreciative of the support they received.
“I can only express my most sincere gratitude.”
Richard Pollard, 38, and his wife Kirsty, were cycling along a footpath near the Shoreham Flyover when he was involved in a collision with a taxi.
Mr Pollard, from Lancing, was left with life-threatening injuries and unconscious for nine days.
Mrs Pollard said: “Without the training and knowledge paramedics now have and the immediate intervention of treatment on that road, I know my husband would not have survived and on reflection it is a miracle he has.”
As well as severe breaks and fractures, Mr Pollard suffered brain damage from the impact.
However, he has responded well to therapy and is now walking and talking again.
When Garry Seex collapsed at his home in Littlehampton and stopped breathing, his wife Kim and son Louis were supported by control room staff as Louis gave CPR. Paramedics continued with CPR when they arrived and delivered a number of shocks to the heart using a defibrillator before Mr Seex had recovered enough to be taken to hospital.
He was home within a week.
Ambulance service chief executive Paul Sutton said: “I am always humbled when I hear of these amazing stories and the lives that have been saved.”
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