Cyclist meets crew who saved his life

Darin Ferguson, from Ashington, meeting Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) paramedic Terry Sharpe, who was on-board the aircraft at the time he was rescued.

Darin Ferguson, from Ashington, meeting Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) paramedic Terry Sharpe, who was on-board the aircraft at the time he was rescued.

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A cyclist who suffered a cardiac arrest while out cycling has met with the air ambulance paramedic who saved his live.

Darin Ferguson, from Ashington, was cycling on the A197 in Morpeth when he collapsed on May 16 this year.

The 44-year-old who cycles around 100 miles a week, has now met Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) paramedic, Terry Sharpe, who was on-board the aircraft at the time.

Darin said: “I was cycling with my friend and we’d covered 55 miles when we began to head home.

“We were half way up the bank and I collapsed.”

Two passers-by, a man who had taken first aid training only the previous day, and a woman in another car, stopped and gave life-saving CPR before the air ambulance flew him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where was induced into a coma for four days.

Darin said: “After I was woken up, I was transferred to the Freeman Hospital and had stents put in my heart.”

Darin has since made it his mission to thank everyone that helped him that day and has spoken to both passers-by and met with one woman, a dentist from Bedlington.

Now, he has also made a visit to the charity’s Langwathby airbase with his wife, Julia, and son Elliot.

He said: “Without them I wouldn’t be here and I am forever in debt to the air ambulance. It is such a necessity. I wanted to say thank you to GNAAS for saving my life that day. They are true heroes.”

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