‘I had died and they literally gave me my life back...’

(l-r) Alex Shepherd, Amber Dickinson, Gail Anderson, Dawn Saunders, Richard Houghton, Michael Francis and Jonathan Agate
(l-r) Alex Shepherd, Amber Dickinson, Gail Anderson, Dawn Saunders, Richard Houghton, Michael Francis and Jonathan Agate
Janine Andrade,  Siobhan Edwards-Bannon and Zoe Boxhall with the pupils learning about the human skeleton .
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HE TRULY owes them his life and that’s why he wanted to meet with the crew that saved him.

Yacht skipper Richard Houghton suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in the middle of the night while at home sleeping.

Thanks to the actions of his quick-thinking partner Dawn Saunders and paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service, the 58-year-old has lived to tell his tale.

He met the crew to say thank you for saving his life.

Richard, from Gosport, said: ‘It was truly wonderful and quite humbling to meet the ambulance crew – I had died and they literally gave me my life back.

‘I wanted to meet them to say a heartfelt thank you for all that they had done for me that night.

‘I’m truly in awe of their professionalism and dedication because thanks to them now I have a great future to look forward to.

‘They are very special people and I will never forget them.’

In June last year, Dawn woke up at 3am to find Richard murmuring incomprehensibly and face down in his pillow.

She dialled 999 and starting performing CPR on Richard before paramedics arrived.

The crews revived Richard by shocking him with a defibrillator to stabilise him, before taking him to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Richard was in an induced coma for six days and then spent two weeks on a cardiac ward.

Unable to walk or co-ordinate his limbs, he then had five weeks of intensive rehabilitation.

After spending a year recovering, Richard and Dawn were determined to meet the crew who helped save his life.

Paramedic Gail Anderson said: ‘I found it amazing and humbling to meet Richard again.

‘So often we drop patients at hospital and never hear about them again.

‘His story is fantastic and heart-warming and I feel very proud to have been part of it.’

In yesterday’s News, we told the story of how Matt King saved his best friend Lee Gerrard’s life when he had a cardiac arrest.

He used hands-only CPR.

Here’s your opportunity to learn vital CPR skills

PEOPLE can learn how to do CPR at an information event..Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham is hosting a Restart A Heart day on October 16.

Nurses from the resuscitation department will be in the hospital’s atrium all day teaching passers-by how to do CPR and learn the basic skills in how to save a life. Resuscitation experts will be on hand from 10am to 4pm to give advice and give demonstrations. People will also have the opportunity to play the interactive game Lifesaver, which puts you in control of a real-life situation and asks you ‘would you know what to do?’.