Doctor does open heart surgery on roadside road to save motorcylist

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Doctor does open heart surgery on roadside road to save motorcylist

vA motorcylist who almost died was only brought back to life when a doctor performed open heart surgery in the middle of the road (Picture: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service/ Liverpool Echo)

A motorcylist who almost died was only brought back to life when a doctor performed open heart surgery in the middle of the road (Picture: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service/ Liverpool Echo)

A motorcyclist has thanked the doctor who performed life-saving heart surgery on him at the side of the road after a horrific accident.

John O’Brien, 47, was thrown off his bike in the collision and had to be anaesthetised at the scene before being loaded onto an air ambulance.

But just before he was carried onto the waiting helicopter, he had a cardiac arrest.

The medical team, led by Dr Mark Forrest, then began fighting to save his life.

They pushed fluid into John through drips and his chest was decompressed to try and get his heart restarted.

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The extreme measures don’t always work, but he would not have survived without it (Picture: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)

When there was no response, Dr Forrest decided they had to operate at the scene.

John’s chest was completely cut open, exposing his heart and lungs, to allow treatment of his internal bleeding and to massage his heart back to life.

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Within a matter of minutes John’s heart was beating strongly and the bleeding had been controlled.

He was then quickly loaded into the air ambulance and flown to Aintree hospital for further life-saving surgery.

John made a full recovery after the smash in in Delamere, Cheshire, on October 2018, was able to walk his daughter Amy down the aisle earlier this month.

(Picture: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) A Warrington motorcyclist has thanked the doctor who performed emergency open chest heart surgery at the side of the road, saving his life and enabling him to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. John O?Brien was involved in a road traffic collision in October 2018 in Delamere while out riding on his motorbike. Firefighters, paramedics and police were first on the scene with a doctor from the NW Air Ambulance and a local CSI BASICS doctor, followed by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Medical Director Dr Mark Forrest.

He has been reunited with Dr Mark Forrest, who saved his life  (Picture: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)

John O???Brien from Warrington was involved in a road traffic collision in October 2018 in Delamere while out riding on his motorbike.

John went into cardiac arrested before being loaded onto the air amubulance (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

This week, he was reunited with the people who saved his life at Northwich Fire Station.

John said: ‘I can’t thank Dr Forrest and everyone involved enough for helping me that day and for doing everything they could to save my life.

‘I was lucky enough to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle recently and that’s all thanks to them.’

Dr Mark Forrest has now been given a commendation by Cheshire’s Chief Fire Officer for his work that day.

He said: ‘I arrived at the scene and was managing another casualty, when I noticed that the team where trying to resuscitate John, who had gone into cardiac arrest.

John meeting Dr Mark Forrest for the first time John meeting Dr Mark Forrest for the first time - A 47-year-old dad has thanked the doctor who performed life saving heart surgery on him at the scene of a road crash. The emergency services raced to the scene after??Warrington??man John O???Brien was involved in a motorcycle accident in Delamere, Cheshire. John, who suffered serious injuries, was about to be carried on to the air ambulance when he had a cardiac arrest.

He ahs thanked all involved for saving his life (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

‘Despite the huge effort by the doctors, paramedics, firefighters and police officers, nothing was working and it wasn’t looking good for him.

‘I joined them at John’s side and, after a very quick discussion, we knew that the only chance of saving this man was to open up his chest to manage his internal injuries and to massage his heart until it started beating.

‘This is rarely successful, but we did want to at least try.

‘John has undoubtedly played a big part in his own recuperation since then. He has obviously worked really hard to get to the level of fitness he is right now.’

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