Jeremy Williams was rescued by his teammates after falling ill while resuscitating a woman
A paramedic treating a patient in cardiac arrest suffered a heart attack himself – and was saved by colleagues.
Superintendent Jeremy Williams, 53, resuscitated the 30-year-old woman at her home.
But the East of England Ambulance Service worker suddenly felt “excruciating” pain at home in Stewartby, Bedfordshire.
His teammates realized what was happening and some proceeded to shock the patient while others performed an EKG on Jeremy.
They discovered he was having a heart attack, then worked side by side to treat both victims and take them to separate hospitals.
Jeremy underwent emergency surgery, which involved placing two stents to unclog the arteries around his heart.
Now he and the original patient are making a full recovery.
“One of those things that never, ever happens”
Jeremy, from Kempston, Bedfordshire, said: “It was one of those things that never happens.
“I can laugh about it now because I’m happy to be here, but without my colleagues it would be a very different story.
“We knew it was bad work when we arrived because the patient’s condition was so serious, but it only seemed to get worse from there.
“I came off a motorbike at high speed so I know what pain is, but I’ve never felt anything like it did that day.
“It was so excruciating that the crew couldn’t dry my chest to attach the EKG. But as soon as they had a reading, they knew what to do and took me straight to the special hospital in Lister, where two stents were placed on me.
“I feel fine now but shudder to think what the outcome would have been if this had happened on a country lane in the middle of nowhere with no one else around.
“But everything fell into place for me – if I had had a heart attack, I couldn’t have had it with better people around me.
“I will forever be grateful for the amazing team effort that helped save two lives that day.”
“When we arrived he looked like he was dying”
EEAST staff members Mark Evans, Nadine Ward, Paul Neary, Dave Jadidi and Sophie Reynolds worked together to treat both patients.
Shaun Whittington, an advanced paramedic in the ER, cited the incidents and described the shift as one he will never forget.
“Jeremy’s heart rate and blood pressure dropped dramatically while we were on the way to the hospital, and at one point I thought he was going into cardiac arrest,” Shaun said.
“I don’t know who sweated more – him or me.
“We waited at Lister’s place while he was stented and within 40 minutes he was a completely different person.
“When we arrived he looked like he was dying but after the operation it was like he had just come home from vacation.
“I’ve been in this job for 22 years and have never heard of anything like this and really hope it never happens again.
“The fact that Jeremy and the patient have both recovered is a testament to the skill and dedication of the team on site that day, who worked superbly together to manage two very challenging incidents.”