Man thanked doctor who saved his life by smart thinking

A biker has expressed gratitude toward the incredible doctor who figured out how to save his life by cutting open his chest and massaging his heart back to life after a horrific crash last year.

47-year-old John O’Brien was involved with the bike accident in Delamere, Cheshire in October 2018. Emergency services raced to the scene, but just as the father was about to be put on an air ambulance, he suffered a cardiac arrest.

The medicinal team, driven by Dr Mark Forrest, needed to work rapidly to save his life. While still at the scene of the accident the group pushed liquid into John through drips.

His chest was de-compacted to attempt and restart his heart, however, when attempts were unsuccessful, Dr Forrest chose they needed to work there on the roadside, the Liverpool Echo report.

The 47-year-old’s chest was sliced completely open, exposing his heart and lungs, to allow treatment of his internal bleeding and lung injuries.

The team rubbed John’s heart to attempt and encourage it to start beating again, and, incredibly, their efforts were successful.

Posted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Recalling the tense situation, Dr Forrest said:

I arrived at the scene and was managing another casualty, when I noticed that the team where trying to resuscitate John, who had gone into cardiac arrest.

Despite the huge effort by the doctors, paramedics, firefighters and police officers, nothing was working and it wasn’t looking good for him.

I joined them at John’s side and, after a very quick discussion, we knew that the only chance of saving this man was to open up his chest to manage his internal injuries and to massage his heart until it started beating. This is rarely successful, but we did want to at least try.

Posted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Within a matter of minutes, John’s heart was beating strongly, and his bleeding had been controlled. He was then loaded into the air ambulance and flown to Aintree hospital, where he received further life-saving surgery.

John went to a night get-together with the individuals who had helped save his life at Northwich Fire Station this week, where he thanked everyone involved.

Posted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

He said:

I can’t thank Dr Forrest and everyone involved enough for helping me that day and for doing everything they could to save my life.I was lucky enough to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle recently and that’s all thanks to them.

Posted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lifesaver Dr Forrest added:

John has undoubtedly played a big part in his own recuperation since [the crash]. He has obviously worked really hard to get to the level of fitness he is right now. It will have been a tough road to recovery so his determination is commendable.

Source: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

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