An update was received to the story found here in the form of an email directly from the patient:
“You and you partners responded to a 911 call at my house. I was having a massive heart attack. I only remember being carried down the stairs. Thanks to you and your partners, I’m here at home about to have my 33 year [anniversary] with my wife to celebrate. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
The original story:
According to Aetna Ambulance Service Supervisor Paramedic Joyce Valentukonis:
- Assigned to Aetna 201, Alpha/Monitor 6,
- The 12-lead was transmitted with success and then a radio patch notifying of a STEMI alert was given.
- Just prior to arriving the patient went into cardiac arrest.
- The patient was resuscitated upon arrival of parking lot (eyes open and talking). In the hallway, patient went into cardiac arrest again.
- As of today: patient is extubated and talking.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): EMS-to-balloon time: 61 minutes.
The patient’s spouse returned a Patient Satisfaction Survey with perfect scores and a note that says, “Thank you for saving my husband’s life.”