‘Miracle man’ thanks his neighbour and paramedics
RAYMOND Jackson's family credit three Mackay paramedics and a quick thinking neighbour with saving his life.
The 80-year-old, with his wife and daughters, reunited on Thursday with the paramedics to thank them.
Mr Jackson was found unconscious by his wife Kay on the patio of their Rural View home on October 30 when she called Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance.
He said he didn't remember anything from the ordeal and had been planning on going for a walk when he collapsed and was found with one shoe on.
He suffered a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of the main artery of the lung.
Critical care paramedic Adam Gett said Mr Jackson was lucky to be alive and have no neurological damage.
"This medical case was a challenging one that I will never forget," Mr Gett said.
"Raymond went into cardiac arrest when we arrived on scene - we lost his pulse, got his pulse back and then lost it again.
Paramedics intubated and performed CPR on Mr Jackson throughout treatment and into the resuscitation room at the Mackay Base Hospital.
He was then airlifted to Townsville where he spent a week in intensive care.
Mr Gett and fellow paramedics Cynthia Bein and Ross Kerswell said they were thrilled to be able to meet Mr Jackson under better circumstances.
"He's got to be a miracle man," Mr Kerswell said.
Mr Gett said after they left Mr Jackson at Mackay Base Hospital he didn't hold out much hope for him.
"I didn't give him much hope," he said.
So to be able to see and have a chat with Mr Jackson a few short months after, Mr Gett said was a unique opportunity.
"I've not done a patient reunite before and I've been here almost 10 years.
"I've had lots of people walk out of hospital but it's very rare that you get a chance to follow them up," he said.