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September 10, 2010

UK paramedics who revived 'dead' man nominated for award

The Western Mail

NEWPORT, Wales — Welsh paramedics who helped revive a man 18 minutes after he died in his wife's arms, have been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.

The Ambulance Service staff brought 32-year-old Rob Waggett back to life after he collapsed from a heart attack five days before Christmas 2009.

Paramedics Dan Faulkner and Gary Evans, technician Alan Hodge and control room call-taker Steve North have been nominated by Mr Waggett's 30-year-old wife Dianna. During the incident Mr North gave resuscitation instructions to Mr Waggett's wife and neighbour Gary Thompson until the paramedics arrived.

Mr Waggett "died" in his wife's arms as his sons Mylo, three, and Koby, one, slept nearby at their home in Malpas, Newport. It took seven electric shocks from the paramedics before he was resuscitated.

Mr Waggett, who has since met the team who saved his life, said: "I don't remember anything for six days before and six days afterwards, but it's lovely to be back inmyownhomewith my wife and family."

Acting regional director of Ambulance Services for South-East Wales, Gordon Roberts, said Mr Waggett was clinically dead for 18 minutes before being saved by "an outstanding example of teamwork".

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