Heart attack survivor Campbell Morris would not be alive today without the work of paramedics Annette Tierney and Geoff Senior.
Heart attack survivor Campbell Morris would not be alive today without the work of paramedics Annette Tierney and Geoff Senior. Blainey Woodham

Helpers thanked for a life saved

CAMPBELL Morris has nothing but thanks for the quick thinking of a stranger and the tireless efforts of paramedics who saved his life earlier this year.

Yesterday the Banora Point man took time out for annual Thank a Paramedic Day to thank the paramedics who saved his life when he went into cardiac arrest while on a bike ride at Tweed Heads on January 18.

Mr Morris had no mobile phone on him when he began to get severe chest pains.

He stopped another young man bike riding past him who called Triple Zero.

Unfortunately Mr Morris never got the man's name but within minutes paramedics Annette Tierney and Geoff Senior had arrived and transported him to hospital suffering cardiac arrest.

He has since made a full recovery and has never forgotten the kindness of the stranger who helped him, or the paramedics who saved his life.

"I would really like to thank him; I wouldn't be here without him and I'd really like to get hold of him and of course thank the paramedics who got me to hospital and relieved some of the pain," Mr Morris said.

Ms Tierney said it was nice to be recognised and hear from patients after they had recovered as often paramedics did not learn their patients' outcomes.

She said she was always shocked by the kindness of others.

"That is what inspires us, the people who care before we get there," Ms Tierney said.

Warning signs of a heart attack include feeling pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in your chest, neck, jaw, arms, back or shoulders.

If you have the warning signs call Triple Zero immediately and stop to rest.



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