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Cardiac arrest survivor reunited with lifesavers

26 September 2017

A Kent man has been reunited with the ambulance crews and others who helped save his life at the gym where he suffered a cardiac arrest in June.

Steve Beal and the crew that saved his lifeSteve Beal, 47, from Kings Hill, who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at David Lloyd Kings Hill, on 26 June, met with ambulance crews and club staff to thank all those involved in helping to save his life on Sunday 24 September.

The quick thinking and actions of Steve’s training partner, Matt Carter, and club staff, saw Steve receive immediate life-saving CPR and a shock with a defibrillator in the moments before SECAmb clinician Phil Parrish arrived at the scene.

Phil was joined by colleagues and the air ambulance service as the resuscitation continued and the team worked together to stabilise Steve before he was taken to William Harvey Hospital where he received emergency treatment to fit two stents.

“The first thing I remember is waking up the next morning in hospital with friends telling me what had happened,” said Steve. “At first I didn’t believe a word of it. It was just incredible what everyone did. I’m so grateful. From the first moments and treatment I received from the staff to the ambulance crews and my treatment at hospital. Every breath I take now is a bonus.”

Phil Parrish added: “It was great for everyone to meet Steve, obviously in far better circumstances. The action of everyone at the scene prior to our arrival was vital in giving him the best chance of survival and shows how important it is that people take the opportunity to learn CPR. On behalf of all my colleagues I’d like to wish him all the best for the future.”

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