“I wanted to meet the people that saved my life and shake their hands”: Norfolk man meets his lifesavers

A Norfolk man has been reunited with the ambulance staff who helped save his life.

Ian Lunn was at his home in Lyng on 8th February when he suffered a serious haemorrhage, caused by the leukaemia he has battled for the last eight years.  

He called 999 and paramedic Andy Betts and emergency care assistant Steve Watson rushed to his aid to find him critically ill.

The 67-year-old jeweller, who spent more than three months in hospital, met with the staff this week (26th January) to thank them for saving his life.

Ian had lost so much blood that his blood pressure was dangerously low. Andy and Steve had to work quickly to get a cannula fitted and fluids inside him before blue lighting him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Andy said: “Ian was not very well at all and because his blood pressure was so low, we had to stabilise him and get him to hospital as quickly as possible.

“We very rarely get feedback about how a patient is doing and it is difficult to follow-up what has happened once a patient is in hospital. It is lovely to meet him again.”

Ian, who is undergoing his third course of chemotherapy, said he could not remember much of the first time he met Andy and Steve.

“I remember them telling me not to be worry about all the medical equipment I was being surrounded by and someone putting an oxygen mask on me and wiping my hand. The next thing I remember was waking up on the ward.

“I knew I was in a bad way and I wanted to meet the people that saved my life and shake their hands to personally thank them,” he said.

Published 6th February, 2016

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