Heart attack victim in Bangkok Chit saved in the nick of time

Image courtesy of KhaoSod

Police officers successfully performed CPR on a heart attack patient, after the automated external defibrillator (AED) had failed, saving his life just in time. The incident occurred across the Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal, Bangkok yesterday after authorities received an emergency call at 5pm.

Upon arrival, authorities found the man unresponsive with symptoms indicating a possible heart attack. Fortunately, a member of the 191 training unit and a trained field medic, Thongchai Tosongkram happened to be nearby and stopped to assist after conducting an initial assessment of the patient’s condition.

The patient exhibited symptoms such as high body temperature, yellowing eyes, laboured breathing, and muscle spasms, all signs pointing towards a severe cardiac event. Realising the urgency, Thongchai immediately contacted the Rajavithi Hospital’s emergency services and retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the patrol car.

However, the AED malfunctioned, prompting Thongchai to perform CPR manually while waiting for the emergency medical team to arrive.

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The CPR efforts were successful, and the patient regained a pulse before the ambulance arrived. The Rajavithi Hospital emergency team then took over, transporting the patient to the hospital with a police escort to clear the way.

Thanks to the quick actions of the police officers and the CPR administered, the patient’s life was saved. He is currently receiving medical treatment and is reported to be in stable condition.

The 191 Patrol Unit officers involved in this rescue were previously commended for their bravery in another incident. They rescued a 17 year old girl from her abusive father in March last year, showcasing their dedication to public service and quick response in emergencies, reported KhaoSod.

The timely CPR performed by the police officers, without a doubt, was instrumental in reviving the patient’s pulse. This incident serves as a reminder of the critical role first responders play in our communities, often making the difference between life and death through their swift and decisive actions.

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Ryan Turner

Ryan is a journalism student from Mahidol University with a passion for history, writing and delivering news content with a rich storytelling narrative.

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