Real Stories

"WFA provided awesome help"

Thursday, July 03, 2014

I suffered a cardiac arrest whilst cycling in April, and was extremely lucky to have very effective CPR from by passers-by, during which my heart was stopped for over 10 mins. I've no memory of the incident, but the WFA arrived only 10 mins after call; for cardiac arrest, time's critical, survival chances drop massively per minute and defibrillation is essential for survival. Roadside helpers since told me that WFA provided awesome help via the phone and once there, they re-started my heart with a defibrillator, and took me to Welly Hosp. I was also badly bashed from the cycle fall, as well as a couple of broken ribs, which must have compounded the crew's problems. After a long hard road, I've made a full recovery; I was dead when the WFA arrived and they played a critical part in my survival. I've been given a second chance, beating massive odds with the help of the fantastic WFA. Thank you so much. A bit more on my incident is at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11252050.

Thanks Chris


"Thank you very much"

Thursday, May 29, 2014
"I was picked up by the Ambulance from Churton Park Medical Centre on Friday 23rd around 5:30pm. I wish I remembered the names of the Medics that took me to the hospital, but memory fails me. The staff were very nice and informed me what they were doing all the time so that I know what to expect. Once taken to the A&E at Wellington, they made sure that I was booked in and comfortable. They made a painful experience better and they were ultimately extremely professional thought out my experience. Wellington free Ambulance for many is the first experience of the health system and they completely reassured you that you are in safe hands so that you relax. Thank you very much, was REALLY appreciated"

"I was lucky enough that Wellington Free Ambulance Event Medics where on hand to help me"

Sunday, May 18, 2014
"I am a 26 year old male and I was working at the Wellington food show this year, when I had sudden onset of chest pains, I was lucky enough that Wellington Free Ambulance Event Medics where on hand to help me.
They wasted no time in helping me due to their skill set they requested a higher level paramedic to assess me, they rung for a 2nd ambulance which was there in around 5 - 10 mins they provided the best care they could until the ambulance arrived. They took me to Wellington hospital for a check-up. Thanks to Wellington Free I am back to 100 per cent health they were there in my time of need I just want you from the bottom of my heart for helping me"

"Keep up the good work"

Sunday, May 11, 2014
"We just wanted to say a huge thanks to your team! Our little Joe is 5 and he has already had 3 rides in your ambulance. It's always stressful seeing your child in distress and we just wanted to say thanks, we are so very grateful for the tremendous support your team has given to Joe and us.... Keep up the good work!!". The Hopkinson Family