Saturday, 4 April 2009
This is getting silly! I am sitting in Pizzas 'R Us with Mrs RRD and the little ones tonight. I'm just tucking into my pizza with goat's cheese and caramelised onions, when I see a man being supported on both sides. He doesn't look great, shuffling along beside my chair. As his eyes roll up and his knees start to buckle, I decide pizza would have to wait. I jump up, grab the chap under his arms and get him into my chair. Then I get one of the waiters to help me carry the chair and, by now moribund, patient to the door of the restaurant. I make sure the chair is tipped back as much as possible, but by the time we go a few steps he is completely unresponsive and we lower him to the floor. I open his airway - almost no resps, and very difficult to feel a pulse. Fortunately, within a few seconds his pulse returns and he makes a few gasping breaths. I get the manager to call for an ambulance, then speak to Control, to give them some more information. 5 minutes later the FRV arrives, and the man is already much better, sitting in a chair. I hand over to him, and sit back down with my family. My pizza is retrieved from the oven, where it had been kept warm, and I finish my meal.