Heart attack survivor from Peacehaven meets her saviours

Pat Jameson suffered a heart attack. She met with the team who saved her life.
Pat Jameson suffered a heart attack. She met with the team who saved her life.

A Peacehaven woman who suffered a cardiac arrest and needed six defibrillator shocks to re-start her heart has been reunited with the team that saved her life.

Pat Jameson, 70, contacted NHS 111 on New Year’s Eve after experiencing arm pain which she put down to long-term arthritis.

But, when she became nauseous while on the phone to 111 health advisor Jill Mills, husband Roy took over the conversation and Jill quickly established the need for an immediate ambulance response.

Paramedic Luke Wheeler and student paramedic Michelle Goddard were first on scene. Just as their colleagues advanced ambulance technician Steve Pope and emergency care support worker Adam Doughty arrived, Pat went into cardiac arrest and her heart required a shock with a defibrillator to bring it back into a normal rhythm. After being stabilised, Pat was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. She needed six more shocks before being fitted with a stent.

Pat was able to return home just five days later. Pat suffered sore broken ribs from the chest compressions but staff said she made an amazing recovery and recently met the team at Newhaven Ambulance Station.

Pat, who will celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary to Roy next year, said: “My family and I are just so grateful for everything everyone did. Everyone worked so hard to help me and my time isn’t up because of them. The doctors in the hospital were amazing too. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been lovely to meet the ambulance team again in better circumstances.”

Paramedic and clinical team leader Luke said: “It’s great to see Pat looking so well and we’re delighted she’s made such a good recovery and has been able to meet us.”

Pat’s outlook on life has changed since her heart attack. She added: “It’s made me realise I shouldn’t take anything for granted and the simple things hit home such as looking out into our garden at the birds and thinking ‘I might not have been here to see this.’”