Two cardiac arrests in 10 days in East Rudham

Two cardiac arrests in 10 days in East Rudham

Published by Grace Mcgachy
7:18am 10th December 2019.

Would you know what to do if someone went into a cardiac arrest?

This Fakenham couple thinks everyone should know CPR. 

Paul Shattock and his wife, Jill, live in rural Norfolk, in East Rudham near Fakenham and in 2017, Paul suffered two cardiac arrests at home, just ten days apart.


Both times Jill saved Paul’s life by performing CPR until help got to them. 

Each time, Paul was attended to by the East Anglian Air Ambulance and flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for treatment.

We spoke to the couple about Jill about what it was like giving CPR to her husband: 

"When you are called apon to do it in a dreadful situation you don't think about it you just get on with it.

I can honestly say that's what happened to me.

You don't freak yourself out you just get on with it, it's like an instinctive automatic response." 

paul and jill shattock meet paramedics that saved his life in air ambulance

Jill learnt CPR when she was in the guides and both she and Paul think everyone should learn, he said: 

"It should be taught in schools from an early age.

Once or twice or year just have a refresher that goes through it and then it just becomes natural and it will save a lot of lives." 

When Paul had his first cardiac arrest, the Anglia One team had only just come online by helicopter at 7am. 

Had Paul fallen ill just hours earlier, the team would have had to reach him by rapid response vehicle instead, and his transfer to hospital would have taken a lot longer.

Which is why EAAA want to start flying 24/7 because there are currently 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year, yet the survival rate is less than one in ten.

By flying 24/7 from the end of next year, they’ll be able to help many more people like Paul but they need to raise £13 million a year to do so.

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