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Man dies of heart attack at car event
12:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
A LAND Rover enthusiast has died after a cardiac arrest while attending an annual car event near Ledbury.
The victim, in his 50s, was taken to hospital in a critical condition after suffering heart failure on Bank Holiday Monday morning.
It was the final day of camping at the Eastnor Land Rover Show at Eastnor Castle.
An ambulance, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, together with a responder paramedic from South Western Ambulance Service, attended the scene shortly before 9am on Monday to find the man in cardiac arrest being given CPR.
The CPR was administered by castle first-aiders Brett Gutteridge and a colleague.
“They did really well as it was quite a difficult situation,” said Rover Show organiser Mark Woodward.
“They were there straight away and the air ambulance turned up very quickly, too.”
A ‘thank you’ was posted on the event’s Facebook page by a member of the man’s family, thanking those who helped him.
She said: “A big thank you to everyone still there to help on bank holiday Monday, especially the chap that helped us give him a fighting chance.
“We are extremely grateful to the paramedics that attended and the air ambulance service but also to the people that make the shows, the community of Land Rover owners who responded so quickly and inundated us with their generosity and offers of help.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said once crews had taken over the resuscitation efforts, his heart had to be shocked four times before it restarted and he began to breathe again.
He was stabilised at the campsite and given lifesaving drugs and oxygen before he was airlifted to hospital.
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