Reg thanks chopper crew for saving life

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An ex-patient of The Air Ambulance Service has paid a visit to the Charity’s airbase to thank the crew that played a part in saving his life.

Reg Ball, from Milford, went to meet the crew of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) at their base East Midlands Airport, where he was given an overview of how the service works.

Reg, (pictured right, along with DLRAA paramedic Dan Evans) works as a volunteer at Milford Primary School. On January 24, 2011, while reading to some pupils, Reg collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Paramedics from DLRAA were called out to assist the land crew with the resuscitation by administering cardiac drugs and using the defibrillator in the attempt to restore Reg’s heart back to its normal rhythm. Once restored, Reg was conveyed to hospital whilst being constantly assessed by the DLRAA paramedics making sure he didn’t arrest again.

Astonishingly, this was the fifth time that Reg had suffered a heart attack. He had also previously suffered two strokes. After his admission to hospital, Reg spent several days in a coma and awoke to find himself in Intensive Care.

Reg, 75, said: “I have absolutely no recollection of the incident at all. I awoke three days later to find myself in hospital.

“From what I’ve been told, if it weren’t for the air ambulance crew coming out to me so quickly and providing lifesaving treatment, I would not have survived. I just felt it was right to pay a visit and say thanks to the team that saved my life.”

“It was fascinating to see how the whole operation works. It’s a shame I can’t remember what happened, because it would have been exciting to see the helicopter coming in to land. Thankfully, it came into land while I was at base, which was amazing.”

DLRAA Airbase Manager, Phil Bridle, was one of the paramedics that helped saved Reg’s life and showed Reg around the base. Phil said: “Once we’ve treated the patient and transferred them to the nearest hospital, we rarely find out what happens to them afterwards. It’s always good to meet the patients.”