Houghton Le Spring dad David Binks staged a miracle recovery
after his heart stopped beating for more than 70 minutes.
NEAS paramedics Vicky Adamson, Gail Savage and Karen
Millican were quickly on the scene, but intially, David's prospects
didn't look good.
David's partner Lynette had begun CPR as soon as
she saw David collapse.
The three NEAS paramedics, and then hospital staff, continued
the resuscitation and shocked him 16 times before his heartbeat
Now, as David, a former groundsman, recovers at home, his family
have told of the rescue, on March 10.
Mum-of-one Lynette, 22, a former care worker, said: "David was
asleep next to me but I woke up and he was gasping for breath and
wasn't responding. I just started shaking him. I knew he had
stopped breathing and his heart wasn't beating and I just called
for an ambulance.
"I started doing CPR and chest compressions until the ambulance
got there. It was only for about three minutes but it felt like a
lifetime. Our little girl was shouting for her daddy."
Following the attack, David spent five days on a ventilator in
the intensive care unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital before
spending 11 days on a ward and two days at Newcastle's Freeman
Hospital. His family, including his daughters Georgia, seven, and
Ella, one, were told to brace themselves for the worst as it was
extremely likely David would be brain damaged. But he amazed medics
with his recovery.
Lynette said: "They said that if David was to wake up he would
suffer brain damage but they didn't know what the extent would be
because he was out for so long."
Paramedic Karen Millican said: "It's fair to say the three of us
are amazed at the outcome, and we are thrilled to have been able to
make a difference for David. We wish him and his family all the
very best for the future."
Paramedic Vicky Adamson said: "Due to the length of time that
the patient was without an output I believed there was very little
chance of him making any sort of recovery. We all work really hard
at every cardiac arrest, and we want to save every life.
"Sometimes the outcome is good, but sometime despite all our
best efforts, the outcome is bad. In this instance I don't think
any of us expected to be told that 3 days later David would be out
of his hospital bed! Shocked is an understatement!
"It is jobs like that, with results like that which make our
jobs so rewarding."