On 27th July 2018, at the end of the very hot spell, Francis, a healthy 50 year old, was taken gravely ill very suddenly. He collapsed on Cockshot Hill walking back home with his wife Caron (after a relaxing yoga class!) from Reigate town centre. He suffered a cardiac arrest – his heart stopped and he was clinically dead for 13 mins! Luckily, two passers-by – an off-duty policeman Mikko Ball and a FedEx driver Alin Nicola stopped to help and gave him CPR until the ambulance arrived. Paramedics gave him 3 shocks of a defibrillator before his heart re-started, by which time the Air Ambulance had landed in nearby Priory Park and he was flown by helicopter to King’s College Hospital in London for surgery.
Thankfully, and in no small part down to the two Good Samaritans who performed the CPR for so long, Francis survived and recovered very quickly and left hospital after 10 days and has now made a full recovery. Very scary, but more so for Caron who watched the whole event unfold in front of her! It makes you realise (if you haven’t already) how precious life is.
We are now fortunate to have accessible Defibrillators in the Reigate area. They play a vital role in helping save lives in our community and increase the chances of survival by 50%.
We have placed these locations on a map but please let us know if you have a unit in your workplace or nearby that isn’t listed and available for public use.