Local resident Nicola Eastwood posted this picture on our facebook page just after 9pm last night. It looked like a car had crashed through railings at the small island at the junction of Rednal Road and Lilley Lane in West Heath and emergency services were at the scene.
West Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed that they were called to an incident where a man in his 70s had suffered a cardiac arrest, his car coming to rest against a fence.
Through their twitter account OfficialWMAS they told us: “An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, an officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor attended – CPR in progress.
“Ambulance staff worked on the patient at the scene before taking him to new Queen Elizabeth Hosp[ital] on blue lights – [doctor] travelled [with the patient]”
They commended the: “Exceptional work by crews to keep him alive”, stressing the importance of basic life support skills in these situations.
WMAS Community First Responders are volunteers from the local community who are given training in basic life support, including defibrillation. Once trained, volunteers can be called at any time to a medical emergency within a 7 minute journey from their home or place of work. If you think you might be interested in becoming a volunteer CFR locally when positions become available, read more on the WMAS website.
FASTAID also provide HeartStart courses for anyone aged 10 or over. The small group session takes about two hours and is free to attend. Someone dies from a heart attack in the UK every 6 minutes and 80% of heart attacks happen in the community. Be learning basic Emergency Life Support, you could be the person who makes a difference.