Bromley nurse thanks paramedics who saved her life after cardiac arrest
PUBLISHED: 12:32 28 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 28 June 2013
A Bromley nurse whose heart stopped 10 weeks ago was reunited with the paramedics who saved her life last week.
Michelle Kendall, 42, of Wesbury Road, suffered a cardiac arrest and was given four shocks to the heart by paramedics before being taken to Lewisham Hospital.
She was reunited with paramedics Kieren Marks, Lynsey Grant, Kenneth Chibata and emergency medical technician Matthew Marsh at Bromley ambulance station, in Crown Lane.
Greeting the group, she said: “It’s fantastic to meet you all again. I can’t thank you enough for what you did - you saved my life.”
Fiance David Edmonds found Michelle lying on the floor shaking, and at first thought she was suffering from a fit.
He also helped save her life by performing chest compressions under the guidance of the operator.
He said: “I was just dozing off to sleep, when I heard a loud crash and thought she had dropped something. But when I got up, I found Michelle lying on the floor shaking.
“I started shaking her, trying anything to bring her around. I dialled 999 and when I was asked if she was breathing, I realised she wasn’t.”
Three days after the incident, Michelle was transferred to King’s College Hospital where she was fitted with an internal pacemaker that shocks her heart back to normal rhythm if it starts to beat irregularly.