Padbury St John Ambulance paramedic and heartbeat brooch designer reunited with cardiac arrest survivor

Malcolm Meumann was reunited with paramedic Tania Hill who saved his life. She presented him with a heartbeat-inspired brooch she created.
Malcolm Meumann was reunited with paramedic Tania Hill who saved his life. She presented him with a heartbeat-inspired brooch she created.

WHEN not on the road as a paramedic, Tania Hill is a keen jeweller.

And the Padbury resident’s heartbeat-inspired brooch was recently presented to about 30 heart attack survivors at a St John Ambulance event.

Among them was someone she helped save herself. Malcolm Meumann was 500m from the finish line in the Joondalup Park run of 2016 when he had a near-fatal cardiac arrest before Tania and her St John partner came to his aid.

Malcolm and Tania had an emotional reunion at the survivors event.

“It was incredible to walk into the room and to think that all these survivors could have very easily not been alive today if not for the actions of bystanders and paramedics,” she said.

Malcolm was taking part in the Joondalup Park run with his then 15-year-old son Andrew.

Tania said she was emotional before the event, remembering how upset Andrew had been and Malcolm’s wife who had arrived at the run shortly after his cardiac arrest.

Malcolm Meumann and his son Andrew met up with paramedic Tania Hill at the site of Malcolm’s near cardiac arrest in Joondalup.

Malcolm had no history of heart disease, was a keen runner and had no idea his arteries were blocked.

He is back to full health, with some medication, and has taken up walking instead of running.

Tania with the heartbeat-inspired brooch she designed and made for cardiac arrest survivors.