28th Sep 2018
I was getting ready for work one September morning when I suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest. At the time, I was 23 weeks and five days pregnant with my son, Jack.
I knew nothing of what happened until I woke in hospital three days later. I had survived thanks to the skill of the Air Ambulance medics who came to my aid. They were able to keep me alive and transfer me quickly into the specialist care of King’s College Hospital.
Two months later, on November 29, Jack was born in King’s College Hospital, and on December 12, I underwent heart surgery. I was determined to be home by Christmas.
While I was recovering in King’s, one of the Air Ambulance doctors who treated me on the day I collapsed, Dr Eyston Vaughan-Huxley, called the ward to ask how I was. He was amazed when the staff told him I was well enough to tell him myself, and it provided the perfect opportunity to thank him from the bottom of my heart for what he did for me.
I was also able to apologise for not being able to remember him saving me but he said I didn’t need to be sorry, I just needed to get better.
True to my word, Jack and I left hospital on December 18 in time for us all to spend Christmas at home together.
Because I missed my original baby shower, I held a belated gathering where I asked everyone who came to make a donation to AAKSS rather than bringing presents. I also held a coffee morning in aid of the Air Ambulance at the Oak on the Green pub in Bearsted, near Maidstone, where I used to work.
I have been lucky enough to visit the charity’s Rochester base along with Jack and my partner Mark, and to meet Dr Eyston Vaughan-Huxley and paramedic David Wright, who helped save my life.
There were hugs and tears all round. I will never be able to thank them enough for saving me and my baby.
This year, as every year, we will take time over Christmas to raise a glass and remember all they did for us both.
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