Kelmscott workplace resuscitation breathes life into grandfather’s Christmas

Phil Mattaboni, St John Ambulance area manager Gary Mews, Warp Operations manager Gwynne Lennox and Rick Reid.
Phil Mattaboni, St John Ambulance area manager Gary Mews, Warp Operations manager Gwynne Lennox and Rick Reid.

GRANDFATHER Rick Reid is lucky to be alive after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the job last month.

The 56-year-old traffic controller was at the WARP Traffic Management depot on November 27 when he collapsed and had no pulse.

Work colleagues, including St John Ambulance volunteer ambulance officer Phil Mattaboni, began CPR immediately.

Two ambulances from Kelmscott attended and defibrillated him three times.

A SSt John Ambulance spokesman said getting him to hospital was tricky, because his collapse took place on a mezzanine level that required a forklift to get him to the ground.

He was rushed to Fiona Stanley Hospital where he underwent heart surgery.

Mr Reid, who is married and has four children – as well as 10 grandchildren – is making a strong recovery and will spend Christmas with his family.

St John Ambulance area manager Gary Mews said Mr Mattaboni and his colleagues undoubtedly saved Mr Reid’s life.

“They saved this patient’s live with good, effective CPR,” he said.

“It just shows how critical a skill it is to have.

“Our crews were delighted to meet Rick this week and see him doing so well.”

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