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Redhill man reunited with ambulance team following gym cardiac arrest

01 April 2019

Paul and teamA Redhill man who collapsed in cardiac arrest during a training session at a boxing gym has been reunited with the ambulance team who helped save his life.

Paul Frost, 56, thanked the team at the Like to Box gym in Redhill recently some five months after his collapse, having recovered after undergoing treatment at St George’s Hospital and being fitted with an internal defibrillator.

Builder, Paul had warmed up and had begun skipping shortly after 6am on 26 October 2018 when gym manager Ian Johnson saw him stumble to one side and strike his head on the boxing ring steps as he fell to the floor.

Ian acted quickly to run to Paul to help. Having established he wasn’t breathing, Ian commenced CPR and, along with gym goers Matt Smith and Neil Dempsey, provided Paul with the vital treatment he needed prior to the arrival of the ambulance team.

First to arrive at the scene was Student Paramedic Daren Dyer with crew mates Frances Borrell and Matt Martin. The team set about continuing CPR and delivered two shocks to restart Paul’s heart with a defibrillator.

ReunionThe trio was soon joined by SECAmb colleagues as well as the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance team who attended from nearby Redhill Aerodrome by road and provided expert post-resuscitation care en route to hospital.

Daren said: “Ian, along with Matt and Neil had done a great job on our arrival. They should be very proud. Their actions in commencing CPR were vital and so necessary to enable our whole team to give Paul the best possible chance of survival. Everyone worked really well as a team.”

Ian said: “I was in the gym office when I saw Paul take three steps to the left and fall to the floor. When I got to him I knew it was serious. He had hit his head but we also quickly established he wasn’t breathing. I’ve been trained in CPR but never had to use my training in real life. Those four minutes felt like a long time but with Matt and Neil we did what we had to do.

“The ambulance crew did an amazing job and they really deserve recognition. I’m just so pleased that Paul is still with us and look forward to welcoming him back to some light training when he is ready.”

ReunionPaul said: “I really wanted to meet everyone to say thank you for saving my life. I’m just so grateful for everything everyone did. I spent five weeks at St George’s where the treatment was also excellent. I’m feeling good and really keen to get back to work and to some training when the time is right.”

Daren added: “It’s been great to see Paul again and see him looking so well. On behalf of the whole team I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

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