Bike medics mark decade at airport

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A bicycle paramedic was reunited with a man whose life he saved as part of a ceremony to mark ten years of two-wheeled ambulances being based at Heathrow Airport.

Shortstown medic Mick Hampson met British Airways worker Graham Clark, who he resuscitated after he fell unconscious and stopped breathing at the airport.

Mick reached the patient within seconds of the 999 call being made and was able to restart his heart using the portable defibrillator carried on ambulance bikes.

He said: “I was definitely in the right place at the right time.

“The fact that we are based here and I was able to get to him so quickly most probably made the difference between life and death.”

Graham, who still works at the airport, added: “All I can remember is saying to my colleagues that my chest and arm hurt. After that, everything went blank.

“I’m so grateful to Mick and my colleagues. It’s as if I’ve been given a second chance.”

The Heathrow Cycle Response Unit is made up of 15 life-saving paramedics who respond to 999 calls by bike at the world’s busiest airport.

London Ambulance CRU Operations Officer Tom Lynch MBE, said: “Overall, a total of 42,000 patients have been treated by the team and more than 4,000 cases have been of a serious nature including cardiac related problems.”

To mark the occasion, Heathrow Airport Limited presented the service a new cycle responder bike.