An Italian tourist who collapsed unconscious and stopped breathing at Stansted Airport is due to live his ‘dolce vita’ back at home thanks to first aiders and ambulance crews.
Antonio Perrelli went into cardiac arrest whilst using the airport’s Track Transit System on 20th August, but has made a remarkable recovery, and met his lifesavers from the airport and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) on Saturday, 23rd September.
Debbie said: “When we arrived, the train had been evacuated and screens were arriving and the airport’s Customer Service Ambassadors were there with a defib and doing chest compressions on Antonio who was laying across a bench/seat. The airport team had been first on scene and were carrying out CPR and reassuring Antonio’s daughter who was travelling with him.
“After we got him to the floor, the airport ambassadors continued CPR while we attached our defibrillator pads. I updated ambulance control that we had a confirmed cardiac arrest and required assistance.”
Debbie and Kendal worked on Antonio to give him advanced life-saving treatment, and also got the help of a nearby police officer to assist. In the dramatic moments following, the patient was ‘shocked’ three times and by 8.07pm, they had achieved an output, meaning he had a pulse again.
Debbie added: “The patient was responsive to his name and we were continuously reassuring him he was ok. The air ambulance landed, and another crew and duty officer also arrived. The critical care team on the helicopter sedated the patient, and I left to bring the ambulance airside. The patient was still very unwell of course, so in light of this he was flown to hospital.”
Antonio met the teams at the airport just before boarding his flight back to Italy with daughter Daniela, who had been with him when he went into arrest.