Saturday 18th October 2014 – 7.15pm – Claire Brown.
A man who suffered a cardiac arrest at Alton Towers yesterday is alive today thanks to the quick actions of community first responders (CFRs).
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the theme park in Alton, Stoke-on-Trent at 11.30am on Friday morning (17th October). An ambulance and a community paramedic were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 42-year-old man collapsed and went into cardiac arrest whilst at the theme park. Thankfully for the man, CFRs from Alton Towers rushed to his aid and immediately commenced CPR.
“The CFRs used the park’s automated external defibrillator (AED) and after two shocks they managed to successfully restart his heart.
“When ambulance staff arrived, the man was conscious and breathing. The man was taken by land ambulance, in a stable condition, to University Hospital North Staffordshire.
Matt Heward, Community Response Manager for Staffordshire, said: “This is a fantastic outcome and is an excellent example of how important early CPR is in cardiac arrest cases. The actions of the community first responders have ultimately saved this man’s life.”