Suffolk man praises ambulance ‘life savers’ after cardiac arrest

Date: 13 January 2017

Keith and Hilary Reeve with Lee Fox and Genete Hill

It may be difficult to imagine the situation Keith Reeve found himself in last year, but for him it was a matter of life and death. Fortunately thanks to quick acting bystanders and the efforts of our staff, he is still alive today.

Keith, 67, from Stowmarket was walking through Stowmarket town centre on 28th October when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Fortunately six bystanders quickly came to his aid, calling 999 and following the instructions of our call handler and, within five minutes, medics were on scene to take over.

Paramedic Harry Fisk was first to arrive and was supported by Duty Locality Officer Lee Fox, Paramedic Genete Hill, and Student Paramedic Tia Whiteman who worked on Keith for 30 minutes, shocking him four times with a defibrillator before he was resuscitated.

He was taken to Papworth Hospital where he was fitted with a triple bypass and remained for three weeks before being sent home.

And this week (Thursday, 12th January) Keith and his wife Hilary were reunited with some of his life savers under much happier circumstances.

Keith, who was no recollection of his ordeal or the weeks around it, was still full of praise for everyone who helped him and said: “I’m so grateful to these guys, the bystanders and the ambulance staff saved my life, it’s as simple as that.”

He added: “The ambulance staff’s prompt response meant I had the best chance of survival possible.”

Lee praised the actions of the medics and bystanders and said: “The efforts from everyone involved was superb, by calling 999 immediately, one of our trained call handlers was able to detail exactly what they needed to do to help Keith until we arrived.”

Genete added: “It’s lovely to see him doing so well, at the time once we had taken him to hospital you can only hope that you’ve done enough to help.”

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  • Summary:

    It may be difficult to imagine the situation Keith Reeve found himself in last year, but for him it was a matter of life and death. Fortunately thanks to quick acting bystanders and the efforts of our staff, he is still alive today.