Alford Heart-attack patient praises medical staff

Roy and Linda Brentall are very grateful to paramedics and Lincoln Hospital staff for saving Roy's life after he suffered a heart attack.
Roy and Linda Brentall are very grateful to paramedics and Lincoln Hospital staff for saving Roy's life after he suffered a heart attack.
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A HEART-ATTACK patient who was ‘brought back to life’ in the back of an ambulance before receiving pioneering coronary treatment has praised the medical staff who saved him, after reflecting upon his lucky escape.

Retired caterer Roy Brentall, 67, was preparing to watch England’s first match in the recent Euro 2012 competition at his Withern home near Alford when he began to feel unwell.

“I had been pottering about in the garden, I had a shower and was just getting ready to watch the match when I suddenly had a pain across my chest,” said Roy.

“I was feelingly violently sick, I started sweating profusely and I became very clammy - I knew something was seriously wrong and I shouted for my wife.”

Roy’s wife Linda called the local doctors’ surgery who in turn contacted the paramedic.

Upon arrival, they immediately recognised that Roy was in the midst of a serious heart attack and rushed him to Lincoln Hospital. On the journey, however, Roy’s situation deteriorated, his heart stopped and he lost consciousness.

“When I came to the ambulance had stopped and the paramedic was standing above me having just shocked my heart back to life,” he said.

In hospital, Roy was given pioneering treatment in which a catheter was inserted in his groin and a stent implanted to clear his coronary artery and restore blood flow to the heart.

“As soon as that was done I was as right as rain with no adverse effects whatsoever - I felt great,” explained Roy.

Within four days Roy was discharged from hospital having made a full recovery and was able to watch England defeat Sweden 3-2 in their second match of the competition.

Roy says he feels lucky to be alive and has expressed his immense gratitude to the medical staff who helped save his life.

He said: “The paramedics were fantastic, not just in terms of the medical treatment but everything else they did to help my family. And the hospital staff were also incredible - if someone asked me to pick something that wasn’t right about my treatment I couldn’t find a thing,”