Sarina man saved by new clot-busting drug

LIFE SAVERS: Reece Simon thanks paramedics Jordan Miles and Jordan Wacek for saving his life after a heart attack.
LIFE SAVERS: Reece Simon thanks paramedics Jordan Miles and Jordan Wacek for saving his life after a heart attack. Tara Cassidy

A SARINA man owes his life to two local paramedics and a revolutionary new clot-busting drug after suffering a critical heart attack on January 3.

The victim, Reece Simon, said he knew something wasn't right when he started getting chest pains and loss of feeling down his left arm.

"As soon as I started to feel that pain I knew I was heading down a pretty ugly path, so I got on the phone and called the paramedics," Mr Simon said.

"I was extremely relieved to see these guys roll through the door."

Paramedics Joshua Miles and Jordan Wacek administered three kinds of drugs to Mr Simon in a process called Decision Supported Thrombolyis Administration (DSA).

The treatment uses a combination of clot-dissolving drugs in order to return blood supply to the heart and was being used for the first time in Sarina, Mr Miles said.

"The bottom right part of his heart wasn't receiving any oxygen and he was at severe risk of going into a lethal arrhythmia and dying at any stage with us,"

"Our priority was to get him to hospital and provide these drugs but we were in the middle of a huge storm, which was proving problematic, and we didn't have a lot of time."

Mr Wacek said the DSA process was previously administered by critical care paramedics only and had recently been brought down to their skill set.

"It wasn't long ago that we first received the training and soon after that we got the job in real life to do it and it worked," he said.

"It's certainly a lot of responsibility but being able to do that and provide that care for the patient is a necessity; it was vital to his (Mr Simon's) survival and we were just happy we could give it to him. The earlier it happens, the better chance there is of the patient surviving."

Mr Simon said he was extremely grateful for the new drug and to have been left in the hands of his two new 'paramedic mates'.

"You can't say enough to let them know how thankful I am, but I'm just glad now they can help other people out the same way."


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