Cambridge mother’s thanks to ‘amazing’ life-savers

Date: 05 July 2017

Time: 11:00

Helen with her life-savers

“Thank you for being part of my life story. You are amazing.”

A Cambridge woman has had an emotional reunion with ambulance staff who helped save her life.

Helen Abduldayem remembers nothing of when she collapsed and went into cardiac arrest two months ago.

The mother-of-six thanked the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) staff who rushed to her aid at just before 4.30am on 29th April 2017.

The 59-year-old’s heart had stopped beating because of a blocked artery. Thanks to immediate and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from her son Danny, the quick arrival of ambulance staff, and two shocks from a defibrillator, Helen was resuscitated.

A critical care team from Magpas Air Ambulance also attended and placed her in an induced coma and firefighters from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service used a specialist stretcher to get her out of her home in Orchard Park.

After having two stents fitted to repair her arteries, Helen walked out of Papworth Hospital nine days after her cardiac arrest.

On Monday (3rd July) she was reunited with EEAST staff Nikki Spolton, Frances Sewell, Rachel Harris, Diane Moss, and Ellie Rizzo, who is a student paramedic at Anglia Ruskin University.

Helen said: “As I could not remember anything I felt I had to meet you and I did not fully realise what happened to me. Seeing you all here has brought me to tears. You are really amazing and I am really grateful.

It is like it happened to someone else. All I suffered from was the pain of broken ribs. I am very, very lucky. It was a horrific night that could have turned out much worse.”

The ambulance staff praised Danny for doing chest compressions, guided by an ambulance call handler, which helped save his mum’s life.

Rachel said: “He [Danny] is the person who gave us our chance to save you and without his CPR you would not have had that chance. He was fantastic at following instructions.”

  • Summary:

    Cardiac arrest survivor pays tribute to ambulance staff