999: True Stories of My Life as a Paramedic

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A teenage boy lies on the pavement, bleeding to death from a stab wound; a distraught mother watches, in mute shock, as her daughter suffers a terrifying fatal asthma attack; a young girl is gang raped and her distraught boyfriend takes an overdose; a disturbed young man flings himself in front of a speeding train at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Few people can imagine living in a world where such situations are part of everyday life. Yet for London ambulance paramedic Lysa Walder, these and ...

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Overview

A teenage boy lies on the pavement, bleeding to death from a stab wound; a distraught mother watches, in mute shock, as her daughter suffers a terrifying fatal asthma attack; a young girl is gang raped and her distraught boyfriend takes an overdose; a disturbed young man flings himself in front of a speeding train at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Few people can imagine living in a world where such situations are part of everyday life. Yet for London ambulance paramedic Lysa Walder, these and thousands of other emergency calls are part of a day's work—scenes of tragedy, loss, and horror—but also stories of triumph and humor, and all the result of an urgent call to the biggest and busiest free ambulance service in the world. Lysa has been an A&E nurse and paramedic for more than 15 years. Here, she tells the inside story behind the screaming sirens and flashing blue lights of the emergency services and reveals what it's really like to work in a job that frequently brings paramedic teams face to face with death—and destiny. These are the fascinating real life stories of heartbreak and hope, direct from the frontline.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844546169
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

Tragic

Addicts 3

Attack in the park 9

Getting by 15

An upright man 21

Eve's story 27

Office block 33

The first day in London 37

On the line 41

Debt 47

Purple plus 53

Loss 57

Knife wound, young male 61

Breaking the news 67

Relationships

A crisis 77

Lost 83

A sad mistake 87

No doctors, no hospital 93

Best friends 101

Accidents

A nice coat of gloss 109

Blood and glass 113

Trapped in the bank 119

Belt up 125

Mr Gobby 131

Bricks 137

Family Values

A happy ending 145

A schoolgirl 151

Mother and child 157

The posh house 163

A random attack 169

An album 173

On the platform 179

Close to the Edge

The axeman cometh 187

Supermarket drama 193

The needle 199

Danger zone 205

Survivor 211

Darryl 215

It Shouldn't Happen to a Paramedic

A private moment 223

Labour pains 229

Passion in Surbiton 235

A scratchy end 239

No sex in Thailand 243

Corrie 249

And Another Thing…

Reactions 255

Regulars 261

Think about it 267

Tips on calling 999 271

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