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Reunited with life-savers

Press release - 03 August 2010

A young man who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest has been reunited with the life-savers who came to his aid.

Mark Lyall, 23, was out shopping with his brother Martin, 21, at Knight’s Garden Centre in Godstone, Surrey, when he collapsed and stopped breathing, on Friday 4 June this year.

Martin sprung into action along with centre manager Dave Trott and fellow members of staff Dena Sirett and Mike Carter to call 999 and begin vital life-saving treatment before clinicians from South East Coast Ambulance Service arrived backed up by their Kent Air Ambulance colleagues.

Their quick thinking and actions before the arrival of the SECAmb team of Paramedic Tom Whiteside, Technician Jamie Dickson and Technician Steve Townsend - all from Godstone station - was vital in Mark’s amazing recovery.

Mark was given CPR and had to be shocked six times in the resuscitation. The expert care was continued by the Kent Air Ambulance team of SECAmb Critical Care Paramedic Stuart Plumbley, Dr Dean Kerslake and pilot Kevin Goddard at the scene and on route to hospital as Mark was airlifted to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.

Mark was later transferred to the London Heart Hospital where he was fitted with an internal defibrillator and he is now looking ahead to a bright future.

He said: “I can’t remember anything about the events, so it has been really nice to have the chance to meet everyone who helped me and say a huge thank you to them for saving my life.”

Mark’s parents, Yvonne and Stephen, said: “We just so grateful for everything everyone did to ensure Mark survived. Mark has had health problems in the past but this was totally unrelated and came as a major surprise. He’s really defied the odds and we’re looking forward to the future together.”

Paramedic Stuart Plumbley said: “It was great that we were all able to meet Mark and see how well he has recovered. From the moment the 999 call was made this was a fantastic example of how teamwork and the actions of those at the scene can result in such a positive outcome.”

Garden centre manager Dave Trott added: “I’m so pleased Mark has made such an amazing recovery. I’m very proud of the way my staff reacted and wish Mark and his family all the very best for the future.”

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