7 March 2017 - Paramedics Surprise At Birthday Party

Stephen Pugh Birthday ReunionJonathan Reading, Stephen Pugh, Dale Ingall & Deborah Webb

A former patient received an extra shock at his recent surprise 50th birthday celebrations when the ambulance crew that helped to save his life after he suffered a heart attack also turned up to wish him a happy birthday.

Stephen Pugh from Oldham started to feel unwell late in the evening of March 2013 and became dizzy and then collapsed. His partner Karen Lee rushed to find him very unwell and immediately called 999.

The ambulance crew that responded that evening were paramedic Jonathan Reading, emergency medical technician Dale Ingall and student paramedic Deborah Webb who treated Stephen and transported him to Royal Oldham Hospital.

Stephen said: “I really can’t thank the crew enough for everything that they did that night and also again for taking the time out to come along to give me a card and wish me a happy birthday. It means a lot and they were the last people I expected to see walk in.”

Stephen’s partner Karen got in touch with North West Ambulance Service to see if it was possible for the crew to attend and comments: “I am so extremely grateful that Jonathan, Dale and Deborah were able to give up their precious time to help us mark Stephen’s special milestone. It gave us all a chance to say thank you for everything they did in person, as simply without them Stephen wouldn’t be here. They are truly lifesavers.”

Jonathan was the supervising paramedic that night and said: “I really remember the weather being terrible as it was snowing and it was tricky getting Stephen to the ambulance. I was the lead clinician but it was the brilliant work done by Deborah and Dale that saved Stephen’s life.

“We were really touched when we heard that Karen had taken the time to get in touch and invite us, as clearly the whole crew’s actions had a large impact on not only Stephen but his family and friends to make such a request for us to attend.” 

Four years later both Dale and Deborah are now qualified paramedics and Deborah says: “It’s unusual for us to find out what happens to our patients after we attend to them, which is why for us it was such a pleasure to see Stephen again and wish him a happy birthday.”