Gorleston man is reunited with the paramedics who saved him

Gorleston man Anthony Frost meets paramedics Paul Rampley, Rachel Bell and Hayley Stevenson who save

Gorleston man Anthony Frost meets paramedics Paul Rampley, Rachel Bell and Hayley Stevenson who saved his life - Credit: Supplied

After a 27-year-long engagement, a Gorleston man is finally making plans to drive his fiancée to Gretna Green in a refurbished camper van to tie the knot, spurred on by a lucky escape.

But the future looked very different for 45-year-old Anthony Frost when on the morning of June 20, he collapsed at his home.

Thanks to immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from his son-in-law Dom Wood, and the quick arrival of ambulance staff, they managed to get his heart restarted after he went into cardiac arrest.

Now, the gardener has been reunited with his East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust life-savers, including paramedics Paul Rampley, Hayley Stevenson, and Rachel Bell, a University of East Anglia paramedic science student. They were on scene within seven minutes of the 999 call, and when they arrived they continued CPR and used a defibrillator to restart his heart.

Father-of-two Anthony, who had returned home from walking the dogs when he collapsed in the kitchen of his home at around 9.40am, remembers nothing of the week before and the week after his cardiac arrest. He was taken to the James Paget Hospital in a critical condition and had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) installed in his chest at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Anthony said he had calmed down a lot since his health scare and was looking forward to finally tying the knot with fiancée Tracy.

'I wanted everything tomorrow and I wanted to live life too quickly. You are not here long and I nearly didn't make it to old bones.'