A Norfolk man whose life was saved twice in two weeks by the East Anglian Air Ambulance says it’s vital they start flying round the clock.
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The charity’s been given planning permission to expand their Norwich base to cope with the increased work.
Paul Shattock from East Rudham near Fakenham thought he had indigestion and made a cup of tea. He later collapsed with a cardiac arrest.
Two things saved his life – his wife Jill was able to perform CPR – and he was flown to hospital by air ambulance.
If they can go 24-7 then it’s going to be wonderful for rural Norfolk and rural Suffolk and the whole of Anglia. It will be wonderful, the amount of lives they save will be unbelievable.
Two weeks later Paul had a second heart attack – and again his wife and the air ambulance saved him.
The first time I was trained was when I was a girl guide. Some of the techniques change sometimes, but the basics are there and all you have to do is remind yourself now and again. Have a practice on one of the dummies so you don’t get scared about doing it, but the fact of the matter is when you’re called upon to do it, you do it, you don’t think twice.
Paul was lucky – both his heart attacks happened while the Air Ambulance was available.
Now the charity’s been given planning permission to expand its base in Norwich – part of the plan to fly 24-7.
That gap at the moment of no air cover in the region between 1.30 and 7 in the morning means, we estimate, around 600 missions are being lost because we simply can’t be there.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance needs to raise an extra million pounds a year to fly around the clock.