Mr Kerswell, a shower engineer, was at work when he began having chest pains. "I finished work, came home at about 2:30pm and they started again, so I lay down upstairs," he said. "They got worse, so I phoned Heather and she said, ‘Phone for the ambulance’. The last thing I remember is being carried down the stairs on a chair by the paramedics. They said it was shortly after I got to the ambulance that I had my first cardiac arrest. I don’t remember anything until the next evening, when I came off the life-support machine."
He suffered 5 cardiac arrests during the journey of a mile to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and another 23 inside the building. To the increasing surprise of doctors, they were able to bring him back on each occasion using a defibrillator, which is a device that delivers a controlled electric shock through the chest wall to the heart, in order to restore a normal heartbeat.
Mrs Kerswell, 51, said: "It’s a miracle that he is here. We were told that this was very unusual."
[TIMES Online, Nov 26 2005]
Hah! That, I think, is the understatement of the month. Imagine having 28 heart attacks in one day and being revived every time, and capping it with nothing less than a happy ending. It looks like something straight out of the Unbreakable movie. Mr Jeff Kerswell, 54, was released from the hospital after about a week of confinement. He is now recovering in his house, and is very thankful for his miraculous recovery. Who wouldn't be?
My personal congratulations to all the doctors, nurses, and paramedics involved in this amazing rescue!