ABU DHABI // Airport chiefs have thanked the first responders who worked for more than an hour to save the life of a passenger who suffered a heart-attack while transiting in Abu Dhabi.
The passenger had just landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport for a brief stopover between the 20-hour flight from London to Perth on Thursday when he collapsed and his heart stopped beating.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airport, said the quick-response of the National Ambulance and the tireless efforts of the emergency service’s first responders helped save the life of the passenger who is now recovering at a hospital in the capital.
“On Thursday evening a passenger transiting in Abu Dhabi from London to Perth experienced a severe heart attack after landing at Abu Dhabi International Airport,” he said. “The medical team from the National Ambulance Services at the airport responded immediately to rescue the passenger.
“The recovery procedure took over an hour as the medical team worked diligently to resuscitate the passenger and, once his heartbeat was restored, he was transferred to Al Mafraq Hospital for further care. “The passenger’s health has improved and stabilized as he continues on the road to recovery.
“I would like to commend the efforts of our airport operations and medical response team for their unwavering commitment towards passengers’ safety and well-being at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
Robert Ball, chief executive of the National Ambulance service, said the emergency response team had managed to get to the patient four minutes after he went into cardiac arrest.
The team used a mechanical chest compression machine called a LUCAS device to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the airport and in transition to Mafraq Hospital’s emergency department.
“The team at the airport is pleased to provide an important service for passengers and staff at the gateway to the UAE,” said Mr Ball. “We work alongside the airport’s operation team to play our part.”