Thursday 23rd April 2015 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.
A bus passenger who collapsed in cardiac arrest in Birmingham has been resuscitated by the ambulance service with a helping hand from a local university student this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a bus heading out of town on the A38 Bristol Road, between Belgrave Middleway and Speedwell Road, shortly before 3.00pm (Thursday) after reports that a passenger had stopped breathing. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on the double decker bus they found a man in cardiac arrest on the lower deck. A university student, who was a fellow passenger on the bus, had alerted the bus driver to the unwell man and was administering excellent CPR.
“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts from the university student, a young woman, and continued to administer advanced life support on the bus. After a short time, the man’s heart started beating and he began breathing for himself.
“The man, who was in a serious condition, was quickly alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by ambulance for further emergency treatment.
“It is always a welcomed sight to ambulance staff to see someone doing CPR when a patient is in cardiac arrest. Thanks to the swift actions of the university student the gentleman has been given the best possible chance of survival.”
Notes to Editor: I have no more details regarding this incident.