A Sutton gran who was brought back from the dead by a paramedic has hailed the medical team who saved her life as heroes.
Moya Stevenson, 53 suffered a heart attack and was found face down in her living room when her emergency call was answered by paramedic Rick Leonardi.
Rick, 37 was unable to find a pulse and spent 15 minutes massaging and shocking her back into life.
Mrs Stevenson of Ashland Road said she was lucky to be alive after suffering the heart attack alone at her home on Ashland Road, in the early hours of January 16.
She said: “It was 5.55 in the morning. They said I had rung in on 111 - I can’t remember making the phone call, but I had followed their instructions, put the dogs in the kitchen and opened the door. They picked up on how bad things were and sent a paramedic fast responder.
He got here in six minutes and I was already dead when he arrived.”
Paramedic Rick Leonardi, 37 said when he arrived he found Moya lying motionless in the front room.
He said: “When I checked for a pulse it was apparent she was dead.
“I started CPR and then shocked her three times with the defibrillator - and got her pulse back.”
He was joined by colleagues from the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), who took in turns to keep her condition stable and get her to King’s Mill hospital. Crew members worked an extra three hours over their shift to get her to Nottingham City Hospital and make sure she was safe.
Moya said: “ They are my heroes.
“Rick was the one who brought me back, then they took it in turns to stabilise me to get me to King’s Mill Hospital”
“Then two lads rushed me to theatre at Nottingham City Hospital and stayed with me to give me the best chance. They stayed on shift an extra three hours bless them.
That really hit home to me they never left me until I was in safe hands. Life is a precious gift. Thank you for giving it me back.”
Self effacing paramedic Rick, who has worked for East Midland Ambulance Service (EMAS) for 10 years, added:
“It was six or seven minutes before I got there and 10 minutes before I got a pulse back. Time is of the essence in these situations.
That is towards the higher end of the time for survival. Only eight per cent of community cardiac arrests survive, so she’s one of the lucky ones, especially to be in such good health now.”
“To meet Moya afterwards was a lovely experience. It was nice to meet up with her and see things through to their conclusion.”
As a thank you, Moya invited the team to her home and presented them a hamper and a bottle of wine. And she has nominated them in the Chad’s Pride Awards.
She said: “I want to thank the whole team and the Trent Cardiac Unit. I am a very lucky lady.”
Moya was in an induced coma for three weeks following her emergency surgery and now has a defibrillator implanted in her chest.
“I have called it Rick,” she smiled.