A bus driver who had recently taken a leave of absence from work as a bus driver to spend more time with his family was brought back to life by a defibrillator and 18 electric shocks after he suffered an hour-long cardiac arrest.
Trevor Cowburn, 53, survived after paramedics used the life-saving device outside his home in Broadfield near Crawley, the Crawley News reports. He had just got back from taking his 13-year-old daughter to school and told his wife he was feeling lightheaded and sick.
But because the family had eaten a Chinese takeaway the night before, his wife Dawn believed it could have been something he ate that was causing his symptoms. However, after finding her husband collapsed on the bed she called the emergency services and began CPR.
Associate practitioner with the South East Coast Ambulance Service Bradley Gander told the news source: “This is such a great example of the excellent care that we are able to deliver in the field. With the treatment provided, Trevor was starting to wake up and even tried to stand up despite being in cardiac arrest for an hour.”
Those of you concerned about your health and the possibility of a heart attack should do all you can to reduce the risks of cardiac arrest, including quitting smoking, improving your cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, getting more exercise and following a heart-healthy diet.
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