Keith and Sue Ward are pictured with student paramedic Jordan Short and paramedic Matt Curtis

"Thanks for saving my life"

Washington man meets back up with crews who saved him

A Washington man who suffered a cardiac arrest just before Christmas paid a visit to Monkton station with his wife to thank the crew who saved his life.

Keith Ward called the NHS 111 service on 18 December after suffering from chest pains.

The call handler, Robert Johnston, recognised that he could be suffering a heart attack and an ambulance was dispatched.

It quickly became apparent to Hebburn crew Paramedic Matt Curtis and student paramedic Jordan Short - confirmed by ECG - that Mr Ward was suffering a major myocardial infarction and, they made their way to the Freeman Hospital.

On the way to the Freeman, they had to stop twice to carry out CPR as Mr Ward arrested but they successfully resuscitated him on both occasions and managed to keep him stable throughout the rest of the journey to hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Mr Ward was discharged from hospital two days later – just in time to enjoy Christmas with his family.

He and his wife Sue were able to thank the crew first hand when they met up with them at Monkton station.

Mrs Ward said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to both Matt and Jordan for the excellent care given to my husband and the support they gave to me during his heart attack.

“Without their reaction and treatment, he may not have survived. Thanks to their care, Keith is making a good recovery.

“We cannot thank them enough.”

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