Ambulance service finds its biggest fan who survived three cardiac arrests

Date: 06 November 2019

Sandra Lodge, Keith Copsey, Joe Bisquera, Jen Copsey and Dave Smith

Sandra Lodge, Keith Copsey, Joe Bisquera, Jen Copsey and Dave Smith


A crew from East of England Ambulance Service met with their biggest fan who survived three cardiac arrests.

Keith Copsey, 70, began to suffer with worsening chest pains on the evening of April 12 and recognised the sensation from a previous cardiac arrest in 2007.

His wife Jen immediately phoned 999 and a team of three arrived in an ambulance soon after.

Mr Copsey, of Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, said: “They couldn’t get an ECG reading because I was in so much pain by then and couldn’t keep still. They decided to take me to Queen’s in Romford. I wanted to walk to the ambulance, but fortunately they wouldn’t let me. I remember getting in and laying down but then it became a blur.

“Apparently I arrested twice in relatively quick succession outside my house which required shocking and then again as we were going into Queen’s. I came around at that point with one of the guys administering CPR as we went in. I was only at Queen’s very briefly as they decided more complex treatment was required so I was immediately transferred to Barts.

By 1.30am, three hours and 20 minutes since the first attack, Mr Copsey was in the Intensive Care Unit having had two stents fitted.

Mr Copsey said: “That team of three people undoubtedly saved my life. I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe how grateful my wife and I are for their actions on that night. If I hadn’t already been an ambulance service fan I surely would be now.

“Our meeting was to say the least emotional. How do you say thank you to somebody who has not only saved your life but has brought you back to life three times? They were the epitome of that which the ambulance service stands for. They filled in the missing parts for me and were also genuinely pleased to see us again in happier circumstances. It was a meeting that I never thought was possible, but I am so grateful it took place.”

Mr and Mrs Copsey met with paramedic Sandra Lodge, associate ambulance practitioner Joseph Bisquera and student paramedic Dave Smith at Basildon Ambulance Station on October 29.

Mark Whiddon, leading operations manager, said: “It was incredibly emotional for everyone seeing Keith again after all he’s been through. The crew wanted to see how he was doing after the event; however, this is not normally possible.

“The team went above and beyond when Keith needed to be transferred out of our area and we are so delighted that he is recovering well.”

  • Summary:

    A crew from East of England Ambulance Service met with their biggest fan who survived three cardiac arrests.