Adam J Parsons from Torbay Hospital Radio:
This is my personal story of how I became a member of Torbay Hospital Radio. This piece also pays tribute to the amazing life-saving work that Torbay Hospital delivers seven days a week, 365 days a year.
My story starts on November 7, 2020, I awoke around 11am on this particular morning.
My chest was tight and was keeping me awake most nights for the last week or so.
Around 11.30am, my jaw started to tingle and ache, the pain intensified and before long I felt a pain I had never experienced before.
All of a sudden a wave of nausea came over me and as I raced to the bathroom, I collapsed to the floor, slowly dragging myself up I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.
I can honestly say I’ve never been that colour before, the next few minutes flew by in a blur of confusion and worry.
My fiancé Brona Convery had called an ambulance and one responded within 10 minutes and entered my property and began the checks.
I was hooked up to an ECG machine and had my vitals taken.
The good news was I was not suffering a heart attack but the paramedic team would treat it as a heart attack just as a precaution.
I had an aspirin placed under my tongue and three pumps of CTN spray.
On our way to the hospital, my condition deteriorated and the ambulance paramedic explained that I would be wheeled straight into the operating room and many people would begin to work on and around
I was in and out of consciousness during the procedure in the operating room.
I remember asking the cardiologist: “Am I having a heart attack?”
He replied: “You were, I just stopped it.”
I was very confused and scared but the nurses and staff at the hospital reassured me and made
me feel as comfortable as I could be.
The news I suffered a heart attack at the age of only 38 shocked not only myself but everybody who loves and cares for me.
The following day I suffered a cardiac arrest at 5am while on the intensive care unit.
I was brought back within two minutes, the feeling of opening my eyes after a cardiac arrest will stay with me forever.
The hospital and staff were amazing with me and they saved my life twice while I was staying at Torbay Hospital.
After a six-month recovery in which I lost 3st in weight and gave up smoking, I decided I would like to give back and my partner suggested to me a role within Torbay Hospital Radio.
I applied and contacted the radio chairman Lee Thomas and was given fantastic training over a six-week period.
I am now a full-time member of the team, presenting my radio show every Tuesday evening, 5pm until 9pm.
Torbay Hospital Radio has given me a new lease of life and I thank all involved.
I hope to raise awareness of heart attacks in young people and continue to grow within my role within the radio station.
My heartfelt thanks go out to all the doctors and nurses in the coronary heart care unit in Torbay Hospital and I hope my story could help young people see the risks of smoking and an unhealthy lifestyle.
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