Friday 27 April 2018

Paramedic having heart attack saves himself using his own equipment and drives ambulance to hospital

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Chiara Palazzo

An on-call paramedic saved his own life when he diagnosed he was having a heart attack and drove himself to hospital in rural Victoria, Australia.

David Watson (52) was warming up for a workout a week ago when he felt a pain across his chest and tingles down both arms, he told 3AW Breakfast.

"I was just warming up to do a workout, and just got the sudden onset of crushing chest pain and tingles down both arms, so I quickly rushed in, grabbed the heart monitor from the ambulance, put myself on it and thought, uh oh, that's not right".

Mr Watson drove himself 100 metres in an ambulance to the local emergency department at Casterton hospital, about 360km (223 miles) west of Melbourne, where he was given anti-clotting medication and painkillers.

He was then airlifted to a Geelong hospital where he was immediately operated on to remove a clot from his large coronary arteries, which caused the major heart attack.

"They removed the clot, put in the stent, did all the angiogram stuff and then straight into the ward," Mr Watson said.

"I went to the doctor yesterday, and he said I'm lucky to be alive because I was so quick to get on to it, because I was able to self diagnose," Mr Watson told 3AW on Tuesday, adding that he is taking two months off work to recover.

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