Ealing man praises ambulance crew who saved his life

02 April 2016

A London bus driver who was brought back to life after his heart stopped beating has thanked paramedics who saved him.  Patient reunion

Iain Wyllie was using an Ealing gym for the first time when he collapsed in cardiac arrest in the changing rooms. Medics Tim Wilkinson Keith Hayes, Heather Cole, and Carl Wolfenden, were immediately dispatched, saving his life.

Having made a full recovery, 57 year old Iain praised the ambulance crew:

“This has completely changed my outlook on life. I can’t thank the ambulance crew and the staff at the gym enough for everything they did to save me – they were completely first class. I’m trying to take life a bit easier now!”

Better’s Gurnell Leisure Centre staff Thomas Arnold, Mark Cameron and Adolpho Ventero de la Pena performed CPR and used an accredited defibrillator to deliver a shock to Iain, who initially responded before another cardiac arrest moments later.

London Ambulance Service Paramedic Heather Cole said:

“We’re delighted to see Iain fit and well last week. There is no question that the staff at Gurnell Leisure Centre helped to save his life, thanks to their knowledge of CPR and their quick use of their defibrillator.”

Malcolm Ritchie, London Ambulance Service First Responder Manager, said:

“Around 32 per cent of people survive a cardiac arrest in a public place but, where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 per cent.

“Stories like these are why we believe every shop, gym, hotel and office in London should have a defibrillator, so they’re ready to save a London life.”


Notes to editors

We were called at 10:53am on Thursday 14 April 2016 to a man in cardiac arrest at Gurnell Leisure Centre. We sent a paramedic in a car and an ambulance crew to the scene.

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