Medway man thanks off-duty hospital worker for ‘’saving his life’’

Date: 19 February 2020

Lifesaver

A man from Medway has thanked an off-duty employee from Medway Maritime Hospital for ‘’saving his life’’ after his heart stopped for seven minutes following a cardiac arrest.

David Ridley, 79, collapsed near London Road in Rainham, Kent, while out walking his dog on the morning of Tuesday 11 February. He was spotted by Rhiannon Price, 30, who was driving to work at the hospital, where she is a Senior Discharge Liaison Officer.

Rhiannon pulled over when she saw David lying in the middle of the road, and leapt into action; she assessed the three priorities when dealing with a casualty - commonly referred to as ABC (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) - and with the help of passers-by and some quick thinking, she was able to call upon her training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Rhiannon said: ‘’It was clear that David was not in a good way when I arrived, but thanks to the help of some members of the public, we were safely able to carry out CPR, and also rescue his dog, Basil!

‘’In the end I performed CPR on David for almost seven minutes, and although it was tiring, the sheer adrenaline saw me through. I’m really grateful to our colleagues at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) for arriving so quickly, and it was such a relief to see them!’’

Reflecting on what has happened since the event, Rhiannon added: ‘’The response has been so overwhelming - I was given a standing ovation from the staff here at the hospital and the ambulance crews, and I’ve received so many flowers and messages on social media.

‘’Overall I’m just really pleased that I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to help. I feel really proud to work at this Trust which has given me the knowledge, skills and training to deal with a situation like this.

‘’I would encourage everybody to go out and learn CPR - it might seem like a daunting thing to do but the reality is you can literally save someone’s life.’’

David, from Rainham, said: ‘’Rhiannon is an angel - I definitely would not be here without her help and I am so grateful to her for saving my life.

‘’It goes to show how important this kind of training is and what a great service the NHS provides.’’

James Devine, Medway NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said: ‘’Rhiannon’s actions were truly heroic and we are all incredibly proud of her efforts in performing life-saving CPR in such a challenging situation. We are delighted to hear that David has made a full recovery and returned home to be with his loved ones.’’


WATCH: The touching moment David is reunited with Rhiannon 

  • Summary:

    A man from Medway has thanked an off-duty employee from Medway Maritime Hospital for ‘’saving his life’’ after his heart stopped for seven minutes following a cardiac arrest.