Miracle 999 call as boy, 11, is saved by heroes after going into cardiac arrest

A boy who had his life saved by an off duty nurse and a GP after he collapsed outside school and went into cardiac arrest has been hailed a "miracle".

Ambulance bosses have released the 999 call which captured the dramatic moment 11-year-old Jack Thompson collapsed outside his school gates.

An onlooker immediately called 999 while Nova Charles, an off-duty nurse and Pete Watson, a GP leaped into action.

The caller can be heard calmly telling the operator: "It looks like he's having an epileptic fit…his school friends don't know if he's epileptic…he doesn't actually look good.

"We've got a lady here who has got NHS clothing on. I think she's just a mum. We're starting resuscitation.

"He's kind of semi-conscious and kind of taking breaths but kind of out of it at the same time."

Nova performed six rounds of CPR and did mouth-to-mouth as she tried to save Jack's life on September 18.

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At the time school pal Keiron Stanley, 15, ran to collect a local defibrillator from the school and brought it to where Jack lay unconscious for Dr Watson to use.

East Midlands Ambulance service technician Marcus Bryan and emergency care assistant Gemma Woolley arrived at the school – The Priory Belvoir Academy in Bottesford, along with a crew from the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Eventually Jack stopped having fits and was transported to Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre where he was later diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart condition affecting the walls of the heart chambers, meaning they become stretched, thickened, or go stiff.

He has since had an ICD unit fitted into his heart which regulates irregular heart rhythms and can administer tiny shocks without Jack being aware that it is happening.

Jack, from Bottesford, who is now 12, said: “What has happened to me really hasn’t phased me. I’m just really excited to meet everyone who saved my life.”

Dr Pete Watson said the defib alongside CPR were the "key elements" which gave Jack a chance of survival.

He said: "We administered a shock and we managed to get a heart rhythm back.”

Schoolboy Keiron who watched Dr Watson and nurse Charles save his pal said: "The outcome is a miracle. The last time I saw him was when he was being taking away in the ambulance when he was at death’s door.

“I didn’t think he was going to survive. It was really scary."

His friend Jack Jackson, 15, added: "I alerted people to this fact whilst at the same time getting people away, and getting people who knew what to do, to come over.

“Then 20 to 30 seconds passed by, which felt like a lifetime to me, but people then started to know what to do.

“I want to thank the ambulance service and everyone else who was involved in the response that day.”

Full transcript of the 999 call

999: "Hello this is the ambulance, is the patient breathing?"

Caller: "Is he breathing? Yes."

999: "OK thank you. Is he conscious?"

Caller: "Yes, he's moving a little bit."

999: "Right, thank you. Tell me exactly what's happened?"

Caller: "It looks like he's having an epileptic fit."

999: "Ok, has he had more than one fit in a row?"

Caller: "No, his school friends don't know if he's epileptic."

999: "OK, thank you. Is he still having that fit or has he stopped?

Caller: "Erm no, he doesn't actually look good."

999: "He's still breathing is he?"

Caller: "OK, he's stopped breathing. We've got a lady here who has got NHS clothing on."

999: "Is she a nurse?"

Caller: "I don't know. I think she's just a mum. We're starting resuscitation."

999: "You are resuscitating him now? OK just keep me informed with what's going on, OK? If there is a defibrillator available, send someone to get it now. The closest one to you is the Belvoir High School.

Caller: "Right we've got another doctor. I know someone who is a GP has arrived."

999: "OK brilliant thank you. Is the patient still unconscious and having CPR or…?"

Caller: "He's kind of semi-conscious and kind of taking breaths but kind of out of it at the same time. I think there's a gentleman coming with a defib."

999: "Good. Brilliant, so the defib is next to him?"

Caller: "The GP is putting the defib on him."

999: "They're doing that now are they, OK."

Caller: "That's the ambulance arriving now as well."

999: "Right stay with me until they get out of the car and are with him OK? You're doing a really good job."

Caller: "Right, so the ambulance crew are here now, and in attendance."

999: "Lovely."

999: "Brilliant, I'll leave you with them. Thank you for your help. You were amazing."

Caller: "Thanks, I hope he's OK."

999: "I do too."

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