Pool cardiac arrest patient meets life-savers

Date: 08 July 2016

Cade Ewington, Patient meet up

It is hard to imagine how parents Mark and Sam were feeling when told that their son fell ill during a swimming lesson to the point where his heart stopped beating for 25 minutes.

Cade Ewington, 11, was at a school swimming lesson on the 6th June at Lewsey Swimming Pool when he was found face down in the water. Life guards swiftly pulled him from the water and began cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as it was clear he wasn’t breathing.

Within a matter of minutes Paramedic Michael Harnell and Student Paramedic Sarah Wright from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) were on scene. Michael said: “Enroute to the job it was confirmed as a cardiac arrest and at that moment adrenaline shot through my body. However we devised a fluid plan of action which looking back now was key in improving Cade’s chances of survival.”

They were shortly followed by colleagues Julia Horswell, Cath Fry, Emily Wallis, and Critical Care Paramedic Chris Martin, who all assisted with CPR and care of Cade, including the life guards who Chris credited: “The actions of the life guards who were on duty that day were instrumental in ensuring that Cade stood the strongest chance of survival, they are a credit to themselves and to lifeguards across the region.”

After 25 minutes of CPR and two shocks with a defibrillator Cade’s heart restarted. He was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital and then on to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where started to make a remarkable recovery, returning home on 20th June.

Speaking of that day, Mark said: “Not for one moment before I got to hospital did I think it was as bad as it was; he is my absolute everything and I can hand on heart say that I thought it was the end, you never want to see your son life that.”

This week (Wednesday, 6th July), Cade and his family were reunited with the ambulance crews under much happier circumstances.

During his stay at GOSH, Cade was visited by a number of famous faces including Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin, and despite the frontman’s absence this week, Cade was able to meet EEAST’s very own Chris Martin.

Mark said: “We will forever be indebted to these guys who saved Cade’s life, including the lifeguards; it shows how important basic CPR is.”

Chris said: “Cades recovery is truly inspirational. For anyone to suffer a cardiac arrest and be actively resuscitated for as long as he was and return home to his parents 2 weeks later the same happy, smiling and active little boy he was before the event is a testament to Cades determination, the chain of survival that fell in to place and the hard work of the NHS staff that provided his care.”

Amazingly, Cade is unfazed by his incident and after being fitted with an internal defibrillator, has tasked himself with writing to all the schools across Beds, Bucks, and Herts to help raise awareness of the importance of CPR.

When asked if he remembers much of that day he said: “The last thing I remember was getting changed to go swimming, from then on nothing.”

Mark added: “It was the unluckiest day of our lives but also the luckiest, the chain of survival from the actions of the life guards through to the ambulance to GOSH was done with the utmost care and professionalism.”

For more information on defibrillators and where your nearest one is click here: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/your-service/campaigns/their-life-your-hands.htm

  • Summary:

    It is hard to imagine how parents Mark and Sam were feeling when told that their son fell ill during a swimming lesson to the point where his heart stopped beating for 25 minutes.