The toddler, who is now four, has a pre-existing heart condition which was diagnosed when he was eight weeks old. Mason was on medication to manage his condition and was stable for the first three years of his life. In January last year, Mason’s heart function started to deteriorate.
Mason’s mum Clare picked him up from nursery one afternoon and took him home. He was playing with his cousins when Clare noticed him make a worrying and unusual cry. When she got up to see what had happened, she found him lying on the floor having what she thought looked like a fit.
Clare lay Mason on the floor and called 999. She told Emergency Medical Dispatcher Karen that Mason was having a fit and within 20 seconds of the call, Mason stopped breathing.
Karen immediately instructed Clare to start cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Mason and talked her through it. Within minutes Paramedic Amy and Emergency Medical Technician Ian arrived and took over from Clare. They shocked Mason using a defibrillator which brought him back. They were joined by Senior Paramedic Jennifer and Advanced Paramedic Andrea who worked together to give Mason the life-saving care he needed.
Mason went on to have a further two arrests in Wigan hospital. He was then transferred to Alder Hey Children’s hospital where he spent four days in intensive care and had an operation on his heart.
Clare said: “We didn’t know if Mason was going to make it when he was taken to hospital as he was in such a critical condition, it was devastating. Looking back now it must have been tough for the call taker and ambulance crews too as they didn’t know what would happen to Mason when they handed his care over to the hospital.
Mason was back up and running round with his cousins within weeks of having his cardiac arrest and his heart is getting stronger by the week.
“He is here now and is the happiest little boy and he is doing great and I can’t thank the ambulance crew enough for saving my son’s life and keeping us a family together. Thank you will never be enough.”
Clare and Mason recently met with Karen, Amy, Ian, Jennifer and Andrea and were able to share their thanks in person. If it wasn’t for them, Mason wouldn’t be here now.