“I’M the luckiest teenager alive” – the words of 17-year-old Emmerson Hird who almost died after suffering a heart attack.
These are the words of 17-year-old Emmerson Hird who almost died after suffering a heart attack.
He today paid tribute to those who battled to keep him alive after he suffered a cardiac arrest that left him in a coma for 17 days.
Emmerson, of Easington Colliery, was spending time with his girlfriend Micha when he fell on her.
After thinking her boyfriend was playing a prank, Micha told Emmerson’s brother Michael, who called 999 and ran into the street for help.
Neighbour John Wood heard his cries for help and rushed into the house, followed by residents Kevin and Fiona Kell.
Kevin took Emmerson’s pulse and John started CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Volunteer Community First responder Ian Garrett, of the North East Ambulance Service, was next to arrive at the scene and took over the CPR, with help from John.
Ian, who has been volunteering in his role for the past 11 years, said: “I asked John, Emmerson’s neighbour, who was performing CPR to carry on so I could get together the equipment I needed to help him further.”
Ian then placed the AED (automated external defibrillator) pads on to Emmerson’s chest to monitor and analyse his heart, which advised a shock to his heart was needed.
Police officers Lucy Oxley, Mark Wearmouth and Terry Hill then arrived at the house with the ambulance service and Emmerson was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment, where he is still recovering.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Emmerson said: “I am so grateful for all the help and support I have received from all of those who ultimately saved my life.
“All of the staff at the Sunderland Royal Hospital, especially those on Ward D41, ICCU and cardiology, have all be amazing.”
Ian added: “It is so wonderful to be able to be involved in saving someone’s life.
“When I arrived at the house and saw someone already doing CPR, the training I received certainly kicked in.
“En route to hospital, I just kept thinking ‘come on lad, you can do it’ and when Emmerson was handed over to the hospital I felt that the past 11 years of training was well worth it.
“The feeling when I found out Emmerson had survived was amazing.
“I feel so proud to be part of a team that has saved someone’s life.
“That feeling is the best in the world.”