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Man saved by 12 electric shocks
Keith Rosser, paramedic Gareth Jones, left, and technician Roger Hubbard
Keith Rosser suffered a massive heart attack on 1 September, but is now home
Members of a Pembrokeshire ambulance crew who resuscitated a man 12 times, are being praised for saving his life.

Keith Rosser from Treharris near Merthyr Tydfil, was on holiday near Tenby when he began suffering chest pains and the ambulance was called.

The 58-year-old suffered 12 cardiac arrests and was given 12 electric shocks before he was flown to hospital.

Mr Rosser's wife Susan said it was thanks to the professionalism and expertise of the crew he survived.

The couple were on a caravan holiday at Lydstep Haven when Mr Rosser, a director of a building maintenance firm, became ill.

The ambulance crew of parademic Gareth Jones and technician Roger Hubbard arrived at the scene within eight minutes of Mrs Rosser dialling 999.

The professionalism and expertise of these two men is second to none - they must be the finest in the country
Susan Rosser

They discovered Mr Rosser was suffering a massive heart attack.

Mr Jones said: "I've been a paramedic five years and I've never known us have to shock someone 12 times. It's incredible really.

"When we got there he didn't look too bad, a bit grey and sweaty, but once we put the electro-cardiograph on him it told a different story - basically he was having a massive heart attack in front of us," he recalled.

"I charged up the defibrillator and we shocked him and his pulse came back but it was only moments later that it went again and so I charged the defibrillator and gave Keith another shock, once again resulting in a pulse.

"He kept suffering cardiac arrests - it happened about 10 times followed by a pulse."

The crew gave Mr Rosser an anti-blood clot injection, but he went on to suffer two more arrests before he was stable enough to be carried into the helicopter and airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

I realised I was having a heart attack so I told Susan to dial 999 and I'm just glad the boys got there so quickly
Keith Rosser

"As the helicopter was lifting off, an overwhelming sense of what had just occurred dawned on me and made me feel immensely proud and somewhat emotional," Mr Jones added.

After his hospital stay Mr Rosser had to go back for further treatment, but is back at home now.

He said: "I didn't know how ill I was, but I feel much better now.

"The ambulance staff were absolutely marvellous. I realised I was having a heart attack so I told Susan to dial 999 and I'm just glad the boys got there so quickly.

"I remember them coming in but I don't recall much after that but I'm just so grateful to them."

Mrs Rosser said: "It's thanks to the ambulance crew that my husband survived.

"The professionalism and expertise of these two men is second to none - they must be the finest in the country."



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