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Teen’s friends perform CPR following heart attack while camping at Woolsthorpe

Emergency services

Emergency services

A teenager had a heart attack while camping with his friends, one of whom kept him alive until paramedics arrived on scene.

A 999 call came in to the ambulance service just before 3.15am yesterday (Sunday) to say the teenager had passed out at Woolsthorpe Park. The control room was in the process of sending out a vehicle when the caller said he was not breathing.

Realising the teenager had gone into cardiac arrest, the call handler gave instructions on how to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). They also asked that someone collect a nearby public access defibrillator.

A spokesperson for the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said: “One of our solo responders and a double crew ambulance then arrived at the camp site and took over treatment of the man. He was later taken to Grantham Hospital.

“This is a great example of how members of the public can help save a life by learning first aid skills and we’re pleased we were able to play a key role in giving him the best possible chance of surviving his heart attack.”

The Journal understands that the patient is receiving treatment at Peterborough District Hospital, but this has not yet been confirmed.

 

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