"Against the Odds"

About: Royal United Hospital / Cardiology South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

(as the patient),

Classic situation, my wife was doing a jigsaw a few feet away, heard me make a funny noise and slump sideways. She obtained help (from the opposite neighbours, who were watching TV/knitting) to drag me out of the chair I was in, give cpr and dial 999 within about 30 seconds. The operator taking the call told my neighbour's wife, who was standing in the road to intercept the first responders, "you're just about to see our lights coming round the corner!"

My wife reports that the crew were calm and professional.

She accompanied them to Bath RUH, and then Bristol Heart Institute. She held my hand through the night.

By then I had been given several defibrillator shocks, hypothermia, and induced coma.

I came round in Intensive Care, progressed to the High Dependency Unit, and then an ensuite in ward 53. From there I was transferred to a ward for 4. A Medtronic cardioverter defibrillator was implanted in late May, and I was discharged the next day.

The doctors listened to our request that we would appreciate avoiding warfarin, and have put me on a drug which Bayer had been working on for a long time to improve on warfarin - Xarelto.

I am concerned by the published statistics on cardiac arrest, which seem to show I was one of the lucky ones. I mentioned that as an amateur movie-maker I am considering filming a reconstruction to get more of the public interested in cpr.

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Response from Laura Martin, Patient Engagement Administrator, Governance, South Western Ambulance Service

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Dear Mid Wilts

I am very glad to hear that you have made such a fantastic recovery!

It is always so rewarding to hear that our staff are continuing to provide excellent care to patients, and their families, when they need it most. I will share your story with our staff and managers who I am sure will really appreciate your comments.

Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback.


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