A father from Barton-Upon-Humber will be reunited with the ambulance crew who saved his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest at home, following a game of snooker at his local club.
Tony Chapman, 62, was out playing snooker at the Corn Exchange, Barton with his son, Alvin, when he began to feel unwell. With no history of heart problems he didn’t think he was having a heart attack.
Tony told Alvin he didn’t feel well and ordered a taxi home. At 10.30pm he walked into his home to wife Ellen and lay down on the sofa. Alvin, who had completed his first aid at work certificate, recognised the symptoms of a heart attack and called 999.
Moments later Tony became unconscious and stopped breathing. Wife Ellen made a frantic second 999 call. 999 call handler Dominie Kane provided Alvin with advice on how to perform chest compressions on his father. Alvin started CPR and continued the compressions until help arrived.
Minutes later Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services (LIVES) Doctor Mark Clayton was on scene and able to provide vital defibrillation to Tony. He was followed by Paramedic Mike Watkinson and ambulance crew Nicola Jenson and George Gregory.
After shocking Tony and stabilising him they transported him to Hull Royal Infirmary Hospital, once arrived he went into cardiac arrest again. Whilst in hospital, Tony was shocked a further 11 times. He was transferred to Castle Hill Hospital for a stent to be fitted.
Tony said he remembers coming home, laying on the sofa and drifting off. He added:
“I was unable to talk to the 999 operator, the pains in my arms and chest was too severe. I then started to drift off. I cannot recall anything else until I woke up in intensive care on my birthday.”
Son, Alvin Chapman, said he owes saving his dads life to the first aid at work course he did and the 999 call taker. Alvin completed his training through his employer Bluefin Group, an insurance firm based in Grimsby, where he was the designated first aider.
Tony would not be here today with his family without Alvin’s actions. Early recognition, CPR and defibrillation are key links in the chain of survival. Tony’s story and Alvin’s actions are now being shared through St John Ambulance to inspire people to learn how to save a life.
Tony, wife Ellen and son Alvin will be reunited with Paramedic Mike Watkinson and ambulance crew Nicola Jenson and George Gregory on Friday 16 February at Scunthorpe Ambulance Station.
Please contact Kirsty Latham with the contact details below for more information and times.