A ruptured spleen left a 24-year-old Sheringham student close to death — healthy again, he thanks the air ambulance paramedics who saved him

Jamie Daniels visits the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Norwich airport to thank critical care paramedic Rod Wells and medic Ben Caine who came to his rescue on Christmas Day.
Photo by Simon Finlay. Jamie Daniels visits the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Norwich airport to thank critical care paramedic Rod Wells and medic Ben Caine who came to his rescue on Christmas Day. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Friday, March 7, 2014
9:04 AM

A 24-year-old student who came close to death has thanked the two paramedics who saved him.

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Jamie Daniels was at home in Sheringham with glandular fever on Christmas day when he began to feel seriously ill — vomiting and becoming light-headed.

His mother, Karen, dialled 999 and a rapid responder arrived to assess the situation and realised how ill the Nottingham Trent student was.

When East Anglian Air Ambulance critical-care paramedics Ben Caine and Rod Wells were flown in, they realised it was a matter of life or death.

Mr Daniels, of Hannah Close, had suffered a ruptured spleen and septicaemia — the result of glandular fever and a throat infection.

Mr Caine, 39, said: “When we walked into the living room it was immediately apparent that it was life-threatening and we needed to act fast.

“From when we get the call it takes us four minutes to do the map and get it ready and takes us eight minutes to fly — rather than 40 minutes by road.

“That is what made a difference in Jamie’s case.”

Mr Wells said Mr Daniels’s blood pressure was very low. He said: “He looked like a bottle of milk — he was wet with sweat and looked almost transparently pale.

“His heart was responding to the low blood pressure by trying to pump fast.”

The paramedics had to get fluid into Mr Daniels before they took him to hospital.

Mr Wells said: “We couldn’t move him before getting fluid in or he would have gone into cardiac arrest.”

The air ambulance were called at 12.28pm and arrived at 12.37pm.

After arriving at hospital at 1.30pm, Mr Daniels was taken into surgery where his spleen was removed within 30 seconds. He is now fully recovered, but will be on antibiotics for the rest of his life.

And yesterday, the former Sheringham High student went to the air-ambulance hanger in Norwich to say thank you to the two men.

He said: “I am massively grateful they came out that day — I don’t know what would have happened if they hadn’t.

“My mum Karen came with me — they got her a seat in the ambulance.”

“I was lucky there was other people there — otherwise I would have just laid down on the couch to sleep it off.”

Mr Daniels was given 6.5 litres of blood at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was kept for 11 days. He hopes to return to university soon where he is in his second year of a computer science and game technologies degree.

Mr Wells said: “It is always nice to get feedback — once they go to hospital we tend to lose contact. It was good to see him so well — we realise we have obviously done our job right.”

Would you like to thank someone for saving your life? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

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