Father thanks life-savers after heart attacks struck at daughters prom

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A father-of-four has personally thanked paramedics who saved him when he suffered four heart attacks which started at his daughter’s ball.

Mike Champain, 51, was with his wife and eldest daughter at the Ardingly College Leavers’ Ball in July, when he started to feel unwell.

“During the dinner I left the marquee as I was not feeling well,” Mike recalled. “I was looked after by college staff who immediately called the college doctor and then for an ambulance.

“Both my arms were aching and I had pins and needles in both hands and chest pain. I think I knew very well what was going to happen and was absolutely terrified of the outcome.

“Fortunately the ambulance was called quickly and two physicians from Brighton Hospital, who were attending the ball as guests, recognised what was happening and were able to help.”

Mike, who is a managing director of his own business, was taken to hospital and had two tubes put in his arteries to restore a his blood flow.

Mike described the South East Coast Ambulance crew as ‘truly brilliant people’ and he had no doubt their ability to get him on the operating table quickly, saved his life.

He said: “I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me that evening. It’s amazing to be given a second chance. I’m now feeling much better and have started back at work. The whole family is hugely grateful.”

Mike recently thanked the staff at an emotional reunion at Crawley Ambulance Station.