26th Jun, 2019

Ambulance crews who saved patient in Droitwich after five cardiac arrests recognised with award

Droitwich Editorial 6th Apr, 2019 Updated: 10th Apr, 2019

THE HEROIC efforts of two ambulance crews and call operators who saved a patient who went into cardiac arrest five times in Droitwich have been recognised at the West Midlands Ambulance Service Awards, writes Annie Lucas.

The six-strong group received a Chief Officer’s Commendation following the incident in November.

After local bystanders gave CPR, John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka arrived and quickly administered advanced life-support procedures ensuring the patient Mr Roberts’ regular circulation returned.

Treatment continued all the way to hospital with the crews working hard to save the patient.

It was thought by medical professionals that there was little chance of survival as the patient fell into a coma.

However three days later, when the crews went to check on the patient, they found them sitting up and they went on to make a full recovery.

As well as the paramedics, Milind Karday and Portia Harris, based at the Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford, were also rewarded for their work on the day, talking the members of the public through how to administer CPR.

The group was honoured at an awards ceremony at the Copthorne Hotel.

Trust executive chief Anthony Marsh said: “We are the only ambulance service to consistently hit all of our targets and we have the highest rating possible from the Care Quality Commission – that is all down to the hard work of our staff, many of whom we had the chance to say thank you to at our Long Service and Excellence Awards.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service also praised those who helped Mr Roberts before the crews arrived.

A spokesperson said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to take the opportunity to praise the actions of the quick thinking bystanders who played a significant part in helping save Mr Roberts’ life by starting CPR.

”Every second is vital when trying to save someone’s life and by starting to treat Mr Roberts straight away, the bystanders gave him the very best possible chance of going on to survive, which thankfully he did.

“We would encourage anyone who can, to undertake first aid training, as one day it could be your turn to save a life.”

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