Salisbury dad meets paramedics that saved his life

Salisbury dad meets paramedics that saved his life

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:04am 24th April 2019.

Rob Chowdhury says he's 'incredibly lucky to be alive' after his heart stopped while he was running on a treadmill at home.

44 year old Rob was challenging his children to see who could run 1 kilometre the fastest when he had a sudden cardiac arrest back in February.

He lost consciousness and stopped breathing, but his quick thinking family called 999 straight away.

They gave Rob chest compressions and paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) based at Salisbury station were called out.

He was taken to hospital for further treatment and has since made an amazing recovery.

Salisbury Ambulance Station Odstock Road
The Chowdhury family has been along to the Salisbury Ambulance Station to meet the team (picture from Google Street View)


Rob and his family have now been to Salisbury Ambulance Station so he can say a personal thank you to the team that helped him:

"I am incredibly lucky to be alive. If it hadn't been for the speed, experience and professionalism of the paramedic crew who responded to the 999 call, I undoubtedly wouldn't be here today. My family and I will be eternally grateful.

"My visit to the ambulance station really helped me and my family to understand what happened. My children who were still struggling to process the events found the visit both reassuring and fun."

Rob Chowdhury Salisbury Ambulance Station April 2019
Rob's children have written to the paramedics to say thanks for helping their dad

Ben Channon was one of the SWASFT team to treat Rob that day - he's praised the Chowdhury family for their actions:

"Thanks to the early recognition of the emergency by his young sons, the immediate and effective fundamental life support delivered by his wife, and the calm advice given by the clinical hub team - we were able to successfully resuscitate Rob, and restore a normal cardiac rhythm with two shocks delivered by a defibrillator.

"The team were exceptionally proud to be a link in the chain to Rob's survival despite all odds. They were very pleased to have the chance to explain events to the family in a much happier environment. The children were delighted to have a tour of the emergency response vehicles and impressed the team with their recently learnt knowledge of the heart. We wish Rob and his family all the best in their road to a full recovery."

Since the incident, Rob's now got an internal defibrillator which is intended to stop a repeat scenario.

If you suspect someone is having a heart attack or cardiac arrest: call 999 immediately, begin CPR, and use a public access defibrillator if one is available.

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