UAE | Society

Man brought back to life after his heart stops for 16 minutes

Paramedics revive patient who suffered a cardiac arrest while he was at a hotel swimming pool

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 August 7, 2012
  • Gulf News

Rich more likely to get heart attacks
  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Image for illustrative purpose only.

Dubai: A man had a near brush with death after his heart stopped for 16 minutes and was revived by paramedics on the way to hospital in Dubai.

An official at Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) said that a 38-year-old Indian man suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while he was at the swimming pool of the a hotel in Al Rafaa area.

When paramedics arrived, they found the victim face down without a pulse and he was not breathing. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed that the heart was not beating and there was a flat line on the monitor

Dr Fahad Al Zarouni

“When paramedics arrived, they found the victim face down without a pulse and he was not breathing. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed that the heart was not beating and there was a flat line on the monitor,” said Dr Fahad Al Zarouni, head of regulation of ambulance services at Dubai Ambulance Services.

“The readings indicated that he was dead but paramedics followed standard procedures and carried out first aid, that included performing chest compressions, as well as providing oxygen and giving the patient two doses of adrenaline at 1mg each to stimulate the heart beat,” explained Dr Al Zarouni.

According to the patient care report that was issued last Sunday, the patient’s pulse returned after 12 minutes of performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and was transferred to Rashid Hospital to receive medical attention.

He further pointed out that in this case, the patient had what is known in medical terms as a Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC), which can happen after a cardiac arrest. Signs of ROSC include breathing, coughing, and a palpable pulse.

“These types of incidents in cardiac arrests can happen and is not very rare, and the patient was expected to make a recovery,” said Dr Al Zarouni, who noted that all medical crew are trained to the highest standard in carrying out first aid and have been given extensive training on what procedures to carry out events in cases of cardiac arrest.

He added that DCAS have five first aid intensive care units with two stationed at Deira, two in Bur Dubai and one near Dubai Marina.

The incident occurred on July 22 at 10.37am and paramedics arrived at the scene within four minutes of receiving the call.

Comments (12)

Share your views
  1. Added 22:11 August 9, 2607

    Great Work done....God Bless the Ambulance team, as I had seen their professional work more than couple of times myself.

    JOE, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:54 August 8, 2012

    These people almost had a divine hand in bringing back the man's life. He was actually DEAD and yet was revived and could be reading this report right now. Congratulations to the medical team and God bless them!

    D, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:08 August 8, 2012

    Great job & well done. All the best for your future.

    Ganesh, Chennait, India

  4. Added 13:50 August 8, 2012

    Three cheers for Ambulance Services (DCAS)

    johnson, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:50 August 8, 2012

    Hats off to the A - Team who did not give up.

    HUZEFA DIWAN, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:37 August 8, 2012

    Great job by the DCAS Paramedicis team, they not only saved a life, but acheived nothing short of a miracle as their efforts brought back a man back to life even though clinically he was dad for 16 minutes. Keep it up Paramedics team. God Bless you. Hats off to the authorities for providing such a vital service to the public at large in Dubai. Mohammad Lokhandwala

    Mohammad Lokhandwala, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:37 August 8, 2012

    Great team work. Good job. Well done!!

    Ashraf C.H, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:29 August 8, 2012

    Great Job!!!

    PR, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:09 August 8, 2012

    Great work. Go on!!

    Shahid, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:45 August 8, 2012

    Great Job !!! and the man was surely lucky and blessed ...Dubai paramadics I have always known to be the best and more important very dedicated from their hearts "BRAVO"

    Preeti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  11. View more comments

Gulf News