Ex­pat’s mir­a­cle res­cue

Swiss na­tional on the road to re­cov­ery af­ter elec­tro­cu­tion leaves him in car­diac arrest and blue from lack of blood flow

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Sa­man­tha Kett A MONTE Pego res­i­dent was saved from the brink of death by the Guardia Civil’s prompt ac­tion on Mon­day even­ing af­ter be­ing elec­tro­cuted and falling from a tele­graph pole.

The vic­tim, a 33-year-old Swiss na­tional, is thought to have tried to re­cover a ball from the top of the post us­ing a pool-clean­ing net pole, but suf­fered a mas­sive shock and was flung to the ground.

Po­lice found him in car­diac arrest and said his skin was al­ready turn­ing blue from lack of oxy­gen and cir­cu­la­tion.

They started giv­ing him CPR and called Ac­ció Ur­gent am­bu­lances in Pego town.

But the man’s throat mus­cles had con­tracted and closed up, mean­ing they could not per­form mouth-to-mouth, so they tried to in­sert a can­nula down his wind­pipe, al­beit with­out suc­cess.

Paramedics in­tu­bated him while po­lice con­tin­ued with CPR, be­fore re­sort­ing to a de­fib­ril­la­tor when they were un­able to get his heart started man­u­ally.

Once he was breath­ing again and had a pulse, he was swiftly trans­ferred to A&E in Dé­nia.

De­spite his ex­treme si­t­u­a­tion and the ter­ror seen in the group of dis­tressed ex­pats out­side the villa, the vic­tim is now said to be out of dan­ger.

He re­mains in hos­pi­tal un­der ob­ser­va­tion, but his con­di­tion is no longer crit­i­cal and he is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

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