East Durham volunteers save five people in matter of weeks
First responder trio congratulated after busy period
Three NEAS first responders have had a remarkable few
months in the East Durham area.
Ian Garrett, Grant Holland and Stephen Gowland raced
to the scene of five separate incidents over the last few weeks,
and successfully resuscitated patients.
Grant (centre of photo), who is NEAS's Community Resusciation
Training Officer, said: "It's really quite amazing, and as far as
I'm aware a first. To my knowledge we have never had this
many resuscitations with first reponders in one area, in such a
small space of time.
"The guys have done a fantastic job.They are
extremely professional about what they do, and have
Grant himself was praised for his swift and expert actions,
after saving a 73-year-old cardiac arrest patient in Thornley.
Grant was at home in February at 6:05pm when he was asked
to respond to an emergency call at St Chad Square, where a woman
had reported chest pain and a shortness of breath.
He reached the scene just three minutes later at
On arrival the lady was responsive and presenting with central
After a few minutes she stopped breathing and Grant contacted
NEAS control to upgrade the call to R1 cardiac arrest, then started
After two shocks from the defibrillator, he managed to
resuscitate the lady before the Fishburn ambulance crew arrived,
followed closely by the Bishop rapid response paramedic .
The woman was still in a critical condition, and was
blue-lighted to James Cook University Hospital with two
The Fishburn crew passed on their thanks to Grant for his quick
arrival and good work.
Grant said: "The lady in question is a lovely lady and I have
been called to her house a number of times for chest pain. This
time however when things went wrong, I was just in the right place
at the right time, with the right equipment.
"I was over the moon when she started to breathe on her own
following the second shock from the AED, but still needed
oxygen and airway management, She soon managed to maintain this on
her own some minutes afterwards with some assistance.
"I have to thank Mark Rushton in the control room, the Fishburn
crew and the Bishop rapid response who backed me up, for the kind
comments and whose effort and skill made sure that the full chain
of survival was maintained, allowing the best possible outcome.
"I was so very pleased to find out later that she was discharged
from hospital within a week and is looking forward to seeing her
son in the Isle of Man, which makes everything worthwhile and shows
that we are making a difference in our community, which is why we
Lynsey McCabe, Community Resuscitations Manager, said: "This was
an excellent example of the chain of survival where all the
components and people come together to ultimately save a person's
life. Everyone involved played a part in this lady's survival.