Freddie, who was working for medical provider company EMATS, was on break with his teammate when a call came in from another First Responder asking for assistance.
“For some reason, I was worried about what was going on. I had a sense that something was bad,” said Freddie.
He grabbed his heavy first aid kit bag and moved as quickly as possible to the other side of the stadium, where two other medics were performing CPR on a fan who had suffered a cardiac arrest. What made the situation more difficult the normal was that the patient was lying on the ground, wedged in the small gap between two rows of seats, meaning the paramedics had to reach over the seats to give CPR. They were also surrounded by fans who were still reacting to the game, unaware of what was happening.
Freddie requested a handover from the paramedic and asked his teammate to begin taking notes and time keeping. When Dr Ali arrived, they worked together to make the patient’s airway more stable.
The ambulance team turned up, and Freddie and others carefully lifted the patient – wriggling his arms free of the seat and still delivering CPR – onto a scoop stretcher. At this point, the patient received their fourth defibrillator shock. By the time he was moved out onto the street, the patient was biting on their airway and looking around. An ambulance rushed them to hospital, where they recovered well and were released a few days later.