Friday 26th April 2013 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Coventry.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who had collapsed whilst crossing Kirby Corner Road near Tesco, Canley, shortly before midday today (Friday). An ambulance, an advanced paramedic, a paramedic area support officer attended together with two doctors and a paramedic from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s airbase who responded by car.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The advanced paramedic arrived first on scene within three minutes of the 999 call and found a man, believed to be in his 50s, in cardiac arrest on a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road.
“The paramedic immediately commenced CPR and was quickly joined by colleagues to continue advanced life support. After several minutes of resuscitation efforts, the man’s heart began to beat and he started breathing again. The crews and medics continued emergency treatment to stabilise his condition before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. A doctor travelled in the ambulance with the man to continue treatment en route.
“Medics were pre alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a critical condition.”