Father’s gratitude to lifesavers
A FATHER-of-five from Ashford wants to thank two dedicated paramedics for saving his life.
James Bugden, 34, suffered a massive heart attack at his home in Kings Prospect on Saturday, April 28, after doing some gardening.
His wife called 999 and an ambulance arrived within seven minutes, rushing Mr Bugden straight to the William Harvey Hospital.
He was then transferred to St Thomas’ Hospital, London, by “blues and twos” as the air ambulance was busy, where he underwent heart surgery.
Mr Bugden, who returned home from hospital on May 1, said: “We want to thank the two paramedics that saved my life – a young man and a young lady.
“We weren’t able to get their names because of the Data Protection Act.”
Mr Bugden, who is disabled from spina bifida following a car crash 10 years ago, said the heart attack had come as a huge shock.
“I lost my dad two years ago to a massive heart attack so it came as even more of a shock,” he said.
“I was doing some gardening with my wife and eldest son. I started to feel a bit unwell and giddy, then I passed out on the sofa and my wife called the emergency services.”
Mr Bugden, whose children are aged four to fourteen, has been told to rest for six weeks.
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust say it is not their policy to name paramedics involved in such incidents but said if Mr Bugden wrote in they would pass on his letter to the staff involved.
James Bugden at home again with his wife Carol and children Jessica, 11, Katie, four, Sean, five, Martin, 14, and Jordan, seven