Paramedic becomes the patient

2014-01-03 00:00

A LOCAL paramedic ended up as a patient being rushed to hospital in one of the ambulances in which he usually treats patients.

Andrew Rogers, who is an advanced life support paramedic for ER24, is at home recovering after having a heart attack on December 23.

“I had just arrived at base, after dropping off a patient who was involved in an accident. I was sitting down to do some paperwork, when suddenly I got a terrible feeling in my chest. I was having palpitations. There was very hard and heavy pounding in my chest.”

One of Rogers’s ambulance crew members was at the base with him. When the palpitations started, Rogers knew there was something wrong.

“I said I needed to go the hospital. Our base is in Prince Alfred Street, so I was taken to the Mediclinic close to us. I received treatment in the ambulance, as signs indicated that it was a cardiac problem. It was quite strange being treated by one of your own crew. We are the rescuers, we don’t get rescued.”

On arrival at the hospital, Rogers was rushed for an angiogram.

“The doctors think that the flush for the wire to go through the heart during the procedure cleared whatever blockage might have occurred.”

The signs were indicative that he had a heart attack. This was strange for Rogers as he is only 38 years old and does not have any of the criteria that contributes to heart attacks, such as high cholesterol or being overweight.

“As paramedics, we often think we are super heroes, and nothing will happen to us. This was a wake-up call.”

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