LONG SUTTON: Man meets and thanks the paramedics who helped save his life.

A LONG Sutton man whose life was saved by quick-thinking medical staff – this week said thank you to the paramedics who helped him. In the early hours of July 27, John Issott s wife Lesley dialled 999 after he complained of chest problems while at home. P

A LONG Sutton man whose life was saved by quick-thinking medical staff - this week said thank you to the paramedics who helped him.

In the early hours of July 27, John Issott's wife Lesley dialled 999 after he complained of chest problems while at home.

Paramedics Julie Mason and Simon King and technician Fergie White from the East Midlands Ambulance Service came in an ambulance and later saved his life.

Mr Issott, 56 said: "The crew impressed me with their knowledge and ability and the reassurance they gave to my family was much appreciated.


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"Quite simply, they saved my life and I will forever be in their debt."

Mr Issott was resuscitated after his heart stopped pumping in the ambulance and about 15 minutes later he went into cardiac arrest while at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

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Ms Mason said: "Thrombolytic drugs act to break down the blood clot which causes a heart attack allowing oxygen to the heart of the muscle.

"If we can give the drug early enough it can save lives. Fortunately in John's case that's exactly what happened."

Mr King had spent the previous six months as a student paramedic, answering 999 calls with Ms Mason and Mr White to gain experience.

He said: "Seeing the difference ambulance crews can make to someone in John's condition confirmed why I want to work as a paramedic."

Mr King is now a fully qualified paramedic.

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