Chris Solomons Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rescue – BBC Helicopter Heroes

On July 24th 2010 a BBC camera crew arrived at Yorkshire Air Ambulance HQ to film the team as part of the Helicopter Heroes series.

Shortly before 7am, emergency medical dispatcher, Chris Solomons, arrived at work feeling unwell.

Chris’s colleagues assessed him and it quickly became apparent he was suffering from a massive heart attack.

Within minutes Chris had gone into cardiac arrest and his colleagues and a cameraman immediately began the battle to save his life – using CPR and an AED.

Meanwhile, the cameras stayed rolling and captured this remarkable footage.

With thanks to the BBC and Chris Solomons.

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  • Honestly cant stop watching this.. just wana hug you guys xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Amanda J Britt July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • On the other bright side than he survived, If you are going to go into Cardiac Arrest, and Air ambulance base with paramedics is probably one of the best places to do it.
    Just watched a little farther and they got a totally impressive and probably (not sure yet, haven't gotten that far in my class) a textbook resuscitation.

    Amber Blyledge July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I see some decorticate posturing when being laid on the floor……

    C Carlton July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Those two paramedics were so quick

    khanage360 July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • As violent as the precordial thump seems in a witnessed cardiac arrest it can help in attempting to get the heart back into a shockable rhythm. Well done to all of Chris' colleagues they've saved his life

    MegKBaker July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Fly ambulance

    brahim boudemagh July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Oh my god ladies hug your men before they go to work and tell them you love them

    christine walker July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I am so glad you are ok. Well done everyone x

    Amanda J Britt July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I saw that precordial thump there.

    Nic July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Thank god he worked there!

    Katie Swanston July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • He was damn lucky! And I just wanna point one thing out to everybody, as a medical professional, I’ve been working in medicine for over 30 years now, and I seen these stereotypes pop up time after time after time, and I’m fed up with them, they make me so angry I just want to strangle the patient with my own two hands! When is the biggest reasons people don’t go to the hospital when they’re having a heart attack is if they happen to be in good shape and slim. Everybody always associates heart attacks with people who are on the heavy side, who are heavy smokers, drinkers, and eat extremely unhealthy, but I’m here to tell you that that’s just not the case. Anybody is at equalize of having a heart attack no matter what their physical condition may be. I know that first hand from my own patients (I have my masters degrees in medical radiation technology and medical laboratory medicine), that that stereotype is the reason so many people die from their heart attacks, because they honestly believe it’s impossible for them to have a heart attack simply because they are slim and/or are in terrific physical condition and have a very healthy and active lifestyle. One of my best friends who is literally a Triathlon champion, never smoked, never drank, never did drugs, ate perfectly healthy, always exercised, and had literally the perfect body, but guess what? One day he started complaining to his wife about having severe indigestion, when in fact he was having a heart attack. His wife is a nurse, she’s actually my coworker, which was how I met him in the first place, she knew the symptoms right away, And insisted on calling 911 immediately, but what did he do? He out right refused, and told her not to touch that phone, saying that it was impossible for him to have a heart attack because he was in such excellent physical condition, and lives such a healthy lifestyle, thankfully his wife got in the habit of ignoring him, and called 911 anyways because she knew exactly what was going on. She told me that he sat there on the couch, diaphoretic (In layman’s terms, cold clammy and sweaty), and turning pale white. Literally the moment the ambulance arrived he went into full on cardiac arrest, and fell off the couch onto the floor, completely unconscious. They had to use a defibrillator to get his heart started again, before they could even put him in the ambulance, where he coded to more times on the way to the hospital. After all was said and done, he had 100% blockage in all but one of his arteries. He’s a great guy but can be such an arrogant prick, I felt like smacking him in the face I was so angry that he was willing to risk his life, leaving his entire family absolutely devastated and destroyed just because he was so arrogant, but after I gave him shit and explained why I was giving him shit, he didn’t say a word. After speaking with his cardiologist, I managed to get a requisition for blood work, I wanted to have a look at what was going on inside him. After we got the results back it was a miracle that he survived at all, his triglycerides and cholesterol levels were through the roof, we were all amazed that he had died already, and after doing a little research we discovered that cardiac problems run in his family, in fact every man in his family have had a heart attack before they were 40, he was 42 at the time. Believe it or not, anybody can be genetically predisposed they having several medical conditions including cardiac problems, and it doesn’t matter if they weigh 500 pounds or they are in the best shape ever, it’s going to happen either way. Later we discovered that she knew this all along, but told us that he figured because he was in such good shape and lead such a healthy lifestyle he was positive that it was never going to happen to him, he doesn’t think that anymore, not after he had to endure an emergency triple bypass! He went from being 210 pounds of solid muscle (he’s 6”10” tall) , to a very frail 150 pounds, having almost no muscle mass left after sitting in the hospital bed for months. The worst thing of all is all the warning signs were there, but he totally ignored them, and didn’t even tell his wife he was experiencing them, because as he said “she would just freak out for nothing so why would I tell her?“! AGHHHHH!!! I told him if he wasn’t in such delicate condition I would beat the living crap out of him for being so stupid! Actually I did tell him that, but not in those exact words, the last thing you want to do to a cardiac patient is to get them upset, as it raises cardiovascular pressure. Anyways, thank you for showing this video, and showing the world that it doesn’t matter what your physical status may be, anybody, and I mean anybody can have a massive heart attack. As a medical professional I will say that most people, I would estimate at least 80%, have multiple symptoms months ahead of time, that they inevitably completely ignore, usually out of fear or arrogance/pride, please don’t be like that. That’s why I do my job, that’s why all of my colleagues do their jobs, to prevent you from having a heart attack, to get you in before It gets even worse. If you think your having a problem then get your butt into the emergency department ASAP. If it’s nothing then no big deal, we are happy to be there, and even happier if you’re OK, but, if we discover an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, which is far more common than most people realize, then we can save your life and stop you from having to go through a massive heart attack and usually bypass surgery. Unfortunately only about 20% of the people will come in when experiencing the first symptoms of a heart attack weeks or even months before it happens, when we can catch it ahead of time, and can totally prevent them from having a heart attack at all. We have a lot of tools in the tool chest that can prevent anyone from having a heart attack, so please don’t ever hesitate to come see us. Even if you’re in the United States or elsewhere in the world and don’t have health coverage, I think it’s worth a little bit of debt to ensure your safety and your life, because once you’re dead, it doesn’t matter how much money or how little money you had! Point taken?

    Hells Fury July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Wow how scary!!

    KIRK FLETCHER July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • that was a close one!

    speaking of truth July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Thats smart, I like how they secured the OPA under the band of the NRB mask, just incase he coded again. I'll have to start doing that

    Remington Bradley July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • This guy is so nasty
    If someone have so much hair on the chest he should shave or wax the chest…… its so nasty that i would only touch him with 2 pair of gloves!

    Tobias Bauer July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • As a nurse I love watching stories like these, I cannot imagine what it must feel like to be in that situation as I have yet to have to do CPR. Hope all is still well Chris, what a cool thing to capture that all on camera. Working in health care if something happens to us medically we’re often in the right place at the right time.

    Emily Mewett July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I was feel so sad for your colleague. It difficult when it one of your own……but happy it was your work family there for you…..congrats to the staff.🚁🚁🚁🚁🚑🚑🚑🚑

    A ivey July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
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    El Youssify Massitic July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Wow what talented, capable friends. Like you said Chris .. it worked. Glad to hear you recovered well.

    Shah Willoughby July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Thank you heroes! ♥️

    Cláudia Santos July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Great job Paramedic 👍🏼

    Hassan alhashil July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Not all superheroes wear capes ❤️🙌🏼. They were so calm.

    Kiran July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Chris Solomons, hope you are well! Thank you for allowing this video to be shared with the world. I’ve been a healthcare educator for many years and use this video so that students, who’ve never witnessed a cardiac event, can see what they might be looking for and what to expect in real life. You have touched many lives and we are grateful!

    Christina Tucker July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • 4:06
    James: ure at work
    Chris: oh hell no

    IYZY_ July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Fantastic job!

    JACK_KNIFE-1 July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
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    Lindsey Foito July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Its good its good they know how to do it . I am sorry but what was the rithm wham they started chest compresion?

    Nenad Krivokapić July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • This has to be the most British response to a heart attack I have ever seen. None of them even raised their voices or anything

    Joe Exotic July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I’m a lifeguard and we just learned about CPR and Defibrillators and stuff and seeing this made me see how important my job really is.

    Lola M July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • 8 years ago this June it was husband and best friend that calapsed to the ground in the street. He didn't make it. You people are superheroes. God bless you all. I live in a rural area I will forever wonder if he'd got treatment sooner would he have lived. The GP thought he was having a heart attack at home but we didn't recognise the symptoms as he had no chest pain or left arm pain or numbness. Just backache and a sore jaw. Now I know. He was 43. We have a then 3 year old. I will miss him every single day of my life. 😭

    Tania July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Dang good job Well done boys Glad you made it Chris….

    maylabear July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • This is so extremely important!
    I'm in last semester of nursing school in Sweden and we've just been taught how to do CPR in hospital. I've shared this video with my whole class because it shows excellent team work and the IMPORTANCE of knowing that even in cardiac arrest the body can still move and make breathing-like motions. You did a GREAT job and I aspire to be as confident and calm as the men who saved Chris.

    Sandra Pauline Gomez July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Hey. If I could ask to the patient here ( I know this post might be kept an eye on)……which vessell/vessels were blocked ? No hassle if the dont want to answer .

    AM R July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Please don't criticize anyone doing CPR any intervention is better than none at all,if no defibrillator is available rather quickly remember every minute that passes by with a patient in cardiac arrest the chances of a out of hospital arrest decrease by 10% it's that cold,plain and simple no messing about it's a FACT ,the chest compressions keep the brain supplied with blood and if you break someone's ribs and it does occur REGULARLY they are not going to complain , personally like millions of people in the UK CPR and other emergency life saving techniques should be "COMPULSORY AND PART OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM " taught to all school children and their staff and wherever possible a defibrillator should also be strategically placed/located either on the school site or as near to any densley/sparsely populated area and regularly maintained and access Available 24/7 plus the location given during a 999 call as well as local knowledge made immediately available to ensure the patient has the best possible outcome in any life threatening/ changing medical emergency.Im not going to pretend it's easy when you are faced with a life threatening incident but more often than not thanks to passers by … total strangers they will and they do intervene but please never assume 100% help will arrive QUICKLY …….it's up to you and your adrenaline will instinctively eliminate any fear/ thoughts of not doing nothing at all remember it may be a member of your family or a friend ,we all hope we don't need to administer life saving first aid but it's better to be prepared than not at all

    Graham Maguire July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • This is the first time I've seen live footage of a precordial thump and its crazy to witness. Fantastic job to everyone involved.

    Paige July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • All medical people are God angels, they do most important job in the world. Saving lives. Bless Chris and this was incredible..

    Sincha Sin July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • See the precordial thump before he started compressions? Amazing!
    Bet his chest hurt when he was recovering! Worth it though, that was quite a thump!

    Dan Edgar July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Chris Solomons, you were a hero saved by heros that day! Those boys were angels on your shoulders.
    THANKYOU for allowing bbc to share this, and thankyou for doing what you do everyday!

    Dan Edgar July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Firstly. Big respect to those men for saving that man's life and thanks to the man for allowing it to be shown so that people like myself can get an idea of what happens.
    My first aid instructor recommended this video and i only hope i can one day help save a life not so that it'sabout being a hero but because life is precious, not easy but precious and the results of seeing someone like that guy up on his feet again alive and walking around must make it all worth it. I will remember my DRABC.

    storm3698 July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • If it's okay to ask why do the arms go up that way naturally during the cardiac arrest?

    Carly Archer July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Best place to be for needing life saving 😂 seriously though well done and so happy he lived x they're true heroes

    Carly Archer July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Hope you are keeping well

    Alan Waines July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Paramedics 100% respect they are the real heroes

    Jonathan Carlin July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • A true nightmare a friend and colleague died in your arms. Glad that he's fine today.

    k k July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • To be completely honest I don't think that this was real

    Adam Diaz July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • Get out NOW and book your CPR.

    ausi u July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • I thought this was a great video they did awesome glad your okay

    Dreu Thomas July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply
  • After a few minutes of CPR, I look like I ran a marathon. Those who’ve never done it don’t have a clue how physically demanding it can be! Kudos to the team who saved him and glad to hear he recovered.

    barb1751 July 3, 2020 5:08 am Reply

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