Burnham-On-Sea ambulance boss saves his
father in heart attack drama
boss of St John Ambulance in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has
saved the life of his father in his own ambulance, we can exclusively
Gough, the Divisional Superintendent for St John Ambulance, treated
his father, Peter, after the 66-year-old suffered a heart attack.
gave emergency defibrillator treatment in the ambulance which
ultimately saved his life.
Claire told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "If
you are looking for a local hero, then my husband should be put
into this category."
said: "Keith is qualified to St John A&E level AA2 and
he has defibrillator training too. Little did he expect that when
he had to do it for real that the first patient would be his own
who is also a member of St John and was in the ambulance at the
time, explains how the incident unfolded: "We were out doing
first aid duty at a fireworks display and just as we were about
to leave, Keith received a phone call from his mother to say that
his father needed to go to hospital and had severe 'back pain'."
we had the ambulance out, we said that we would take him as we
had pain relieving gas onboard."
mother did not want to wait and called for Keiths sister.
When she arrived at the house she decided that he was in far too
much pain to be taken in the car and decided to wait for Keith."
arrived soon after Keith's sister and put his father on the trolley
cot and started off to Weston General Hospital with Keith driving,
his sister in the front, and his mother in the back with myself."
got as far as Lympsham when Keiths father arrested. Keith
had to stop driving and get in to the back of the ambulance and
use the defibrillator on his own father."
re-started his fathers heart after the first shock."
sister by this time had called for the paramedics who arrived
very quickly, by which time his father was conscious again."
people would freeze when they see their first heart attack - even
if they have done some first aid training, not in the least if
it was someone from your family."
was very calm and all the training he has received truly paid
happy end to the story is that Keiths father is now back
home and doing very well, looking forward to a happy Christmas
with his family.
telling the story, Claire hopes it will spur on others in the
Burnham area to take first aid training.
this story encourages maybe just one person to learn first aid
then that may mean another life is saved," she said.
says he gave his father the same quality treatment he would give
to any patient, adding: "The training put me on to auto pilot.
When I got into the back of the ambulance, I performed a check
for breathing and signs of life."
finding any, I told Claire to hurry up swapping from Entonox (50%
Oxygen and 50% Nitrous Oxide) to 100% Oxygen as she had already
got the Oxygen mask out."
"I got the Defib out of its cupboard and hooked it up. It
then analyses the heart rhythm."
the defibrillator told me that it was charging ready for a shock
it really hit me that this was for real and not a training run."
did not hit me what I had done until after I had handed over to
the very professional staff in Weston A & E."
for a new defibrillator
story is all the more topical as St John Ambulance in Highbridge
is currently raising money to buy a new defibrillator as its current
one is now more than eight years old.
can be made payable to 'St John Ambulance' and sent to St John
Ambulance, Bank Street, Highbridge, TA9 3DA. Any money received
will be earmarked for the new machine which costs £1,800.
John Ambulance Highbridge and Burnham Division