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Passer-by saved life of Alton Towers visitor after he went into cardiac arrest

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A 41-YEAR-OLD man who suffered cardiac arrest at Alton Towers is today recovering in hospital thanks to the quick actions of a fellow theme park-goer and staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by staff at the popular resort at around 4.30pm yesterday Wednesday after a man suffered a cardiac arrest within the theme park grounds.

A community paramedic, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

An ambulance spokeswoman said: “The 41-year-old man was walking through the theme park with his family when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

“A passing off duty GP and ambulance technician quickly rushed to his aid followed by a community first responder from Alton Towers who bought an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the medical centre.

“The team quickly commenced CPR, administering about eight cycles of chest compressions on the man. They used the defibrillator to deliver two shocks to the man’s heart and successfully managed to restart his heart.

“When the first ambulance staff arrived the man was breathing for himself and, when the air ambulance landed, he was sitting up and talking.

"The man was assessed by ambulance staff and given further treatment before he was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire where he was said to be in a stable condition upon arrival.

“This was an excellent example of how important it is to start CPR quickly in cardiac arrest cases.

"If it hadn’t of been for the bystanders and CFR, ambulance staff commented that it was unlikely the man would’ve survived.”

An Alton Towers spokesman said its first responders did a brilliant job.

He said: “They got to the scene very quickly to find a doctor already giving treatment to the man and they were able to utilise our Automated External Defibrillator.

“I think we can be justifiably proud of the skills that all of our operational teams showed yesterday; skills which are gained through the on-going training that they receive from the relevant external agencies and in house.

“We are delighted that our actions contributed to the positive condition that the man left site in and we hope that he makes a continued recovery.”

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