Fa­ther’s grat­i­tude to life­savers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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James Bug­den at home again with his wife Carol and chil­dren Jes­sica, 11, Katie, four, Sean, five, Martin, 14, and Jor­dan, seven

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