Tuesday, February 18, 2020

By Steve Neville

Dublin Airport Sgt Stephen Morris; Fire Officer Neil Shortall; Station Officer, Paul Furlong; Fire Officer, Paramedic Brendan Conway; D. Farqad Alamgir, Fire Officer, Advanced Paramedic James Canning; Farmat Alagmir (Dr Alamgir’s wife), Fire Officer, Paramedic Roz O’Neil; Furquan Alamgir (Dr Alamgir’s son).

A cardiologist has praised Dublin Airport’s first responders for saving his life.

Dr Farqad Alamgir was travelling to Ireland from Manchester when he experienced a serious cardiac event in Terminal 2

The Consultant Interventional Cardiologist was travelling through Dublin Airport on a regular trip to Ireland, where he works in a number of hospitals.

After falling ill, Dr Alamgir was tended to by an Aer Lingus staff member who administered CPR until first responders arrived.

Dublin Airport’s advanced paramedics administered life-saving drugs at the scene before transferring Dr Alamgir to the Mater Hospital in Dublin, where he underwent emergency heart bypass surgery.

Having spent 30 years saving the lives of people who present with acute heart attacks, Dr Alamgir never imagined he would find himself on the other side of the fence.

Dr Alamgir has said the speed of response from the team saved his life.

“I remember getting off the aircraft at Dublin Airport, then the next memory I have is waking up in the Coronary Care Unit in the Mater Hospital,” said Dr Alamgir.

“I now know that Dublin Airport’s first responders used the Lucas CPR system giving me four shocks initially, then the skills of their Advanced Paramedic team administered urgent advanced life-saving drugs via an intraosseous needle into my shin, bringing me back after 17 minutes of downtime.

The speed of the response not only saved my life, but the resuscitation was so effective that I have not suffered any neurological or cardiac muscle damage.

Dr Alamgir said he was “so grateful and thankful to the team at Dublin Airport, the ambulance crews and the team at the Mater for giving me another opportunity to spend more time with my family.”

Dublin Airport’s defibrillator CPR programme has saved 32 lives since it was first introduced in 2003.

The airport said that they have been strengthened with the addition of two fully trained advanced paramedics to the Dublin Airport Fire Service response team, with two more advanced paramedics currently in training.

The Mater Hospital cardiac team said Dr Alamgir had been resuscitated by “a thoroughly professional and well-trained emergency response team at Dublin Airport.”

Speaking about the incident, Dublin Airport Chief Fire Officer Gerry Keogh said it was hugely rewarding and humbling when a passenger thanks the team for saving their life.

“Our defibrillator programme began in 2003 and since then we have increased our defibrillator numbers to over 50 around the airport’s campus,” said Mr Keogh.

“We also have two fully-trained advanced paramedics and two in training, and their new skills greatly enhance the emergency medical response to any incident at the airport.

“We were absolutely delighted to welcome Dr Alamgir back to Dublin Airport.

It’s a testament to the training, professionalism and team work of the airport’s first responders that he was in a position to come back and meet those who saved his life.

Mr Keogh said that every life saved by the defibrillator programme had a profoundly positive impact on a wide range of people.

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