Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A heart attack survivor had a rare opportunity to meet the two men who saved his life.
Semi-retired managing director Roy Watts, 65, from Uplands Park, Sheringham, first felt a tingling sensation in his arm at 10pm on December 27 and woke up at 2am the following day with “extreme chest pains”.
His wife June rang 999 and within four minutes Cromer ambulance station supervisor Kyle Hampshire-Smith was at the house and performed life-saving work with Sheringham Commununity First Responder Nathan Liberman.
First responders are volunteers trained by the ambulance service and are called on to support paramedics in serious medical emergencies.
Mr Watts said: “It is easy to get on with your life but I wanted to say thank you.”
He recognised Mr Hampshire-Smith in an EDP picture after the newspaper gave paramedics chocolate this month to thank them for their hard work during the heavy snow.
Mr Watts, a father of two, contacted the EDP so he could thank Mr Hampshire-Smith and through the combined efforts of the newspaper and East of England Ambulance Service the reunion was arranged.
He said: “After waking up at 2am in extreme pain I staggered to my study to Google heart attack but I could not read the screen because I was in so much pain. I laid down in my bed and was writhing round in pain.”
Mr Hampshire-Smith and Mr Liberman gave him oxygen and drugs and monitored his heart.
An ECG scan was sent to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Coronary Care Unit, where Mr Watts was taken for treatment after the ambulance arrived within about 40 minutes.
Three stents were put in his arteries and he remained at hospital for four days.
Mr Hampshire-Smith said: “I was on the way to a job in Holt in my rapid response vehicle and remember spinning round in Bodham. I’m glad I did because when I walked through the door I thought Roy would not male it to hospital. I thought he would die there and then.”
He added: “It was fantastic when Roy opened the door today looking sprightly and well.”