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'It's simple - I owe them my life' - Farmer who 'died' for six minutes thanks paramedics

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 13/08/2015 | 09:51

Jimmy Flood went into cardiac arrest while in the ambulance and was clinically dead for six minutes
Jimmy Flood went into cardiac arrest while in the ambulance and was clinically dead for six minutes

A RETIRED farmer from County Louth has praised the paramedics who saved his life after he 'died' for six minutes during an ambulance journey to Dublin.

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Jimmy Flood became aware of a sharp pain in his chest on the morning of 16 July last.

A couple of hours later the pain had intensified into what he described as "a violent pain."

Jimmy struggled to make his way back to his house, which was located 50 yards from where he was working at the time.

His wife and daughter then raised the alarm and rang for an ambulance.

"I would have just gone to bed for a half an hour, but they knew it was serious," he told RTE's Morning Ireland.

John Byrne and Alan Thompson were the two paramedics that answered the call, and made their way to Jimmy's farm.

Luckily for Jimmy, both men are specialists in cardiac care.

En route to Dublin in the ambulance, near the M1 toll bridge, Jimmy went into cardiac arrest, and was clinically 'dead' for six minutes while the paramedics frantically worked to bring him back to life.

They were successful, and after a short spell in hospital Jimmy was well enough to return home.

Yesterday, Jimmy invited the two men into his home for tea and cake to thank them sincerely for saving his life.

"I gave them a small token of gratitude but it's not enough at all.

"Its simple, I owe them my life," he said.

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