Duncraig resident reunited with paramedics who helped save her life

Paramedics Jeff Harris, Markus Pitter, Peet Thom, Shane Austin and Karen Murray with Sandy and Graham Harley. Picture: St John Ambulance WA
Paramedics Jeff Harris, Markus Pitter, Peet Thom, Shane Austin and Karen Murray with Sandy and Graham Harley. Picture: St John Ambulance WA

DUNCRAIG residents Graham and Sandy Harley were thrilled to meet up with the paramedics who helped to save Sandy’s life.

Three months ago Mr Harley woke at 3am thinking his wife was having a bad dream.

After trying to wake her, he noticed she wasn’t breathing.

He called triple zero straight away and starting performing CPR.

Mrs Harley had suffered a cardiac arrest, which is when the normal rhythm of the heart stops and prevents blood being pumped.

Because of the quick intervention from Mr Harley and St John Ambulance WA’s speedy response, Mrs Harley has fully recovered.

“Through the exceptional first aid given by her husband in terms of effective CPR, to the call taker who responded to the triple zero call, to interventions of the ambulance crews and then finally the medical team in the hospital, a life is saved,” resuscitation improvement coordinator Dan Rose said.

“This isn’t an everyday thing – saving a life is exceptional, which is why we applauded everyone who helped on this particular day.”

St John Ambulance WA has reminded people of the importance of knowing CPR.

One of its recent reports revealed that in the past three years, the number of people surviving after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has increased 75 per cent.

Bystander CPR and early defibrillation are two of the key elements behind this improvement in the survivor rate.