Hertfordshire man thanks his lifesavers

Date: 29 March 2018

Time: 13:00

Colin Goff meets his lifesavers

A Hertfordshire man has been “given a second chance at life”, thanks to his ambulance lifesavers.

Colin Goff was in the reception of a veterinary surgery in Watford on 12th December 2017 when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

The 64-year-old was this week (27th March) reunited with EEAST staff. The retired chauffeur cannot remember anything from the incident and woke up five days later after having four stents fitted at Harefield Hospital.

His partner Janiene praised the “amazing” EEAST staff - Steve Cutler, Lloyd McCarthy, Ricky Kadoo – who resuscitated Colin at the scene.

Janiene said they were waiting to see the vet with their black Labrador Tess when Colin collapsed: “There was no warning or pain. I put him in the recovery position and realised he had stopped breathing. One of the veterinary nurses started CPR. I have never been so frightened in my life.”

Colin was resuscitated after three shocks from a defibrillator, but rearrested in the back of the ambulance and required another four shocks to restart his heart. He was talking to ambulance staff on arrival at Watford General Hospital.

Colin said he was making a good recovery with his rehabilitation and had given up smoking since his cardiac arrest.

He said: “It is like a second birth. I have been given a new lease of life and I am not going to smoke in this one.”

  • Summary:

    Colin was in a veterinary surgery when he collapsed in Watford.