Granddad reunited with paramedic who saved him from heart failure

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A paramedic and the granddad he saved from heart failure were reunited on Friday, September 8.

Craig Priestnall, a paramedic based at King's Mill Ambulance Station, was sent to the home of Brian Elgie, 69, in Edwinstowe, after he collapsed on the Friday morning, August 11.

The father-of-two, who also has two grandchildren, had collapsed at the bottom of the stairs, hitting his head on a radiator.

Although he regained consciousness, Craig decided to take him to hospital to be checked out, reports the Mansfield Chad.

His daughter Kerry Elgie said: “On that morning our whole world came crashing down upon us.

"In the early hours of Thursday morning dad collapsed and split his head open on the radiator.

"We called for an ambulance, in the mean time dad collapsed for a second time and then for a third when his heart actually stopped in the ambulance.

Brian Elgie and the paramedic who saved him, Craig Priestnall

"If it wasn’t for the fast acting, calm and collective skills of the most wonderful human being, paramedic Craig Priestnall, we would never have captured his heart failure on the monitor, never known how fatal dad’s unknown heart condition actually was and dad would never have been fitted with a pacemaker the following day.”

In the ambulance Brian lost consciousness again and went into heart failure, revealing an underlying and undiagnosed heart condition.

The episode was caught on the heart monitor and so when they got to hospital doctors could see that Brian needed a pacemaker.

Craig said: “When we arrived his condition was perfectly normal, but people don’t just collapse. There’s always an underlying cause.

“This is what we all come to work for - it is a privilege to be in that position and it is nice to hear the decisions we make have had a positive impact on family.

"He is looking a lot better than the last time I saw him.

"It is humbling that Brian and his family are so grateful and it is great to see him looking well again. I’m just so pleased we were able to help him.”

Brian said: “The paramedics arrived in record time and were absolutely excellent. I can hardly remember anything but my wife said everything was done that could possibly have been done to help me.

“When I was in the ambulance everything was wired up - it was excellent service and that service continued throughout my whole stay at King’s Mill.

“I want to give Craig my heartfelt thanks because as far as I am concerned he saved my life.”