“One minute I was driving home from work in my warm car and listening to the radio. The next, I was trapped and in excruciating pain. It was dark and cold and rain was falling on me. The emergency services and a Volunteer Rapid Response Doctor apparently got to me fast, but the fire service had to cut me out of my car and that took 90 minutes. My recollection is foggy, but I am told that my heart stopped beating several times. I know now that if the Rapid Response doctor hadn’t treated me at the scene of the accident, all the other great efforts by the emergency services would have been in vain. I am now back home with my family and recovering. I cannot express how grateful we all are. ICRR saved my life.” - Sarah
“When a neighbour offered me a chance to attend a basic First Aid course in our community, I turned her down. I was just too busy at the time and thought I would be unlikely to need it anyway. Not long after, my husband collapsed from a heart attack. Though in shock, I did mange to call for help, but the ambulance was going to take 20 minutes. My neighbour rushed in and immediately started CPR, keeping the blood flow to my husband’s brain going. When the ambulance and a Rapid Response doctor arrived they defibrillated several times until they detected a pulse. They then got him straight to the Cath Lab at the nearest hospital, just over an hour’s journey away. My husband is alive today because of my neighbour’s swift action in starting CPR. Take it from one who now knows better, everyone should learn CPR.”
"I was feeding my cattle late one evening, as I would have done each and every evening. On this particular evening, I was unaware that a bull in the field next to me had escaped. The animal approached so fast that the next thing I knew, I was impaled and ended up with serious ife-threatening injuries. My son had meanwhile gone searching for me after I hadn't returned and found me semiconscious. He called for help immediatley. The ambulance was delayed as it was already involved in another event in the locality. The volunteer Rapid Response doctor who was on the scene first stabilised me by giving me appropriate levels of pain relief. I was transported by the Ambulance Service along with the accompanying doctor on the long journey to the closest Centre of Excellence hospital. Thankfully, the outcome was good and today I'm back on my tractor though more vigilant than ever before of local livestock." - Tom
“I was leaving for work one morning as I had always done, but on this particular morning, running late, I rushed out to the car, turned the ignition and began to reverse out the driveway. Unbeknown to me, my five-year-old, Jack, had run out to say goodbye. What happened next is any parent’s worst nightmare. I heard the screaming and jumped out. I cannot even begin to describe the horror of what I saw. I had backed over my own son. The ambulance was called and though only twenty minutes away, the extra journey to the Centre for Excellence Hospital would take yet another hour’s drive. A volunteer Rapid Response doctor arrived on the scene and intervened with skills and trauma experience normally available only in a hospital setting. Thanks to the efficient chain link between the National Ambulance Service, the Rapid Response doctor and the hospital, our son is still with us. Jack is back at school and our family cannot express enough gratitude”
"While preparing tea for my grandkids, six-year-old Amy and eighteen-month-old Rory, I left them for a moment to answer the front door. Just as I was about to open the door, I heard screaming from the kitchen. Rushing back in I could see that Amy had toppled the chip pan of boiling oil onto Rory, who was now in horrific pain. The ambulance was called, but had a voluntary doctor not arrived first to intervene and treat Rory in those first critical minutes, we now know that the baby would not have survived. The doctor then drove Rory with his Rapid Response vehicle to meet the ambulance. Together they rushed him to the hospital while administering advanced life support care all the way. Such care is normally only available in a hospital environment. After many months in hospital, Rory is now back with the family. Thank God for ICRR, its volunteer doctor and the ambulance service"