Bromley nurse reunited with paramedics who saved her life: 'I can't thank you enough for what you did'

Michelle Kendall, her fiance David Edmonds, and the paramedics who saved her life.

Michelle Kendall, her fiance David Edmonds, and the paramedics who saved her life.

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A BROMLEY nurse whose heart stopped beating ten weeks ago has been reunited with the paramedics who saved her life.

Michelle Kendall, of Westbury Road, joined ambulance staff at Bromley ambulance station in Crown Lane last Thursday (June 27).

The 42-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on April 23, but after four shocks with a defibrillator her heart was restarted.

Miss Kendall said: "It’s fantastic to meet you all again. I can’t thank you enough for what you did, you saved my life."

Her fiance David Edmonds was also present and recounted the evening of the incident.

He said: "I was just dozing off to sleep, when I heard a loud crash and thought she had dropped something.

"But when I got up, I found Michelle lying on the floor shaking.

"I thought she was having a fit so I started shaking her, trying anything to bring her around.

"I dialled 999 and when I was asked if she was breathing, I realised she wasn’t.

"The call taker was absolutely brilliant and kept me calm.

"He counted me through the chest compressions and I found myself compressing to the beat of Stayin’ Alive as shown in the Vinnie Jones advert."

He added: "I had basic life-support training years ago.

"You don’t realise that even a little bit of knowledge can make a huge difference."

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after and Miss Kendall was taken to Lewisham Hospital.

Three days later, she was transferred to King’s College Hospital, where she was fitted with an internal defibrillator that shocks her heart back to normal rhythm if it starts to beat irregularly.

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