A Worlington man who owes his life to quick action from paramedics and police was able to meet the man who helped him when he collapsed at Stansted Airport.
Alec Molton, 70, suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after he checked in for his holiday in Spain last June.
Pure good fortune meant that Magpas Helimedix paramedic Dan Read from Ely was also at the departure terminal and, in tee shirt and shorts, he sprang into action to help save Alec.
Dan was with his wife and daughter about to set off on their holiday.
Two police officers had already arrived and were using a defibrillator on Alec. Dan took charge of the situation and worked with other emergency personnel.
He directed other emergency personnel including airport fire crews. While Alec’s heart had re-started he was not breathing and had to be intubated and anaesthetised
On Friday, after 11 months of recovery, Alec and his wife Glyn were able to meet Dan and thank him for his actions.
Dan said: “Each link in that chain of survival was vital. It was fantastic to meet Alec. It means a lot to me as it’s only a handful of occasions that someone had been resucitated to completely normal functions.I love my job and get enormous job satisfaction from it.”
Alec, a member of West Row baptist church, said he remembers little of the incident or subsequent days. He said: “If you believe in luck then you believe in luck but 20 minutes earlier I would have been on the motorway and a few minutes later on the plane. I suppose I’m a message of hope for people these days.”