Lowestoft worker reunites with 999 crews who restarted heart ten times

Birds Eye worker Aaron Kent (centre left) is reunited with the people who saved his life after suff

Birds Eye worker Aaron Kent (centre left) is reunited with the people who saved his life after suffering a cardiac arrest at work. Pictured with Birds Eye first aider Chris Calver (centre right) who was first on the scene, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Lowestoft South team and East of England Ambulance Service paramedics. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

A Lowestoft man whose heart had to be restarted ten times after he suffered a cardiac arrest at work, has been reunited with the members of the emergency services who saved his life.

Birds Eye first aider Chris Calver was praised by the East of England Ambulance Service for his role

Birds Eye first aider Chris Calver was praised by the East of England Ambulance Service for his role in keeping Aaron alive. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Aaron Kent, 26, collapsed during a break at the Birds Eye factory on Whapload Road in April.

Birds Eye team manager and trained first aider Chris Calver had to shock his friend's heart four times with a defibrillator before the paramedics, fire crew and air ambulance arrived.

Mr Kent received six further shocks before being flown to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where he remained for three weeks.

Hospital staff found everything was perfectly normal with Mr Kent's heart and could not identify the cause of the cardiac arrest.

Birds Eye worker Aaron Kent is reunited with paramedic Chris Calver from the East of England Ambulan

Birds Eye worker Aaron Kent is reunited with paramedic Chris Calver from the East of England Ambulance Service and Birds Eye first aider Chris Calver. Picture: ANTONY KELLY. - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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Having made a full recovery, Mr Kent met with the lifesavers on Wednesday, July 19, to thank them for going to his aid.

He said: 'I really want to express my thanks to everyone who helped me out,

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'All my memory from the day and the week leading up to it has gone; I didn't realise so many people were involved until now.'

Fourteen weeks on from the incident, Mr Kent has been back at work since the end of June.

When he returned to the factory, Mr Calver showed Mr Kent where he had collapsed.

'It was a bit scary coming back to work to start with, and weird seeing where everything had happened,' said Mr Kent. 'I came back to work sooner than expected, but I felt ready to come back.'

At the factory on Wednesday, Rogan Day of the East of England Ambulance Service praised everyone involved for their reactions on the day.

'We're delighted we can sit here with Aaron today, but without his colleague Chris we might not have been having this conversation. First aiders in businesses are so important.'

As for Mr Kent's next step, he is counting his blessings and looking to the future.

'This has changed my whole outlook,' he added. 'I'm only 26 and this had made me more determined to do more things in my life.'

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