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Rob and his wife Laura's story

My name is Rob. You don’t know me yet, or my story, but thanks to Magpas Air Ambulance, I can look forward to what should be a fantastic summer. And you could too if you enter their raffle to win £3,000!

You see, this time last year, Magpas Air Ambulance and my incredibly brave wife, Laura, saved my life.

After a busy morning in March, I suddenly felt like I had severe heartburn and Laura had to walk with me to the car to sit down. But I was so ill that I can’t remember anything else—so I am going to let Laura fill you in on the blanks.

"I will never forget the 4th of March 2021, it was the scariest day of my life. I saw my husband and best friend literally dying before my eyes.

Rob became unresponsive within minutes of getting in the car—he’d gone into cardiac arrest. It was then, suddenly things became very scary.

Laura and Rob

I knew I had to act quickly if I had any chance of saving him. Luckily, I had been taught how to do CPR, and with the help of two bystanders we got Rob out of the car and began chest compressions straight away. I was so relieved when I heard the emergency services’ sirens and saw the Magpas Air Ambulance helicopter landing. I knew then that Rob was in the safest hands. The Magpas Air Ambulance Doctor Scott and Critical Care Paramedic Alex were amazing and, after stabilising Rob, took him to Kettering General Hospital. I was able to travel with him and they kept me informed with everything that was happening throughout the journey—I was so grateful to them for that.

Rob was then rushed into the operating theatre where it turned out that his coronary artery was completely blocked, and he had suffered a heart attack. He was very fortunate to get all this specialist care so quickly, and I would sincerely like to thank everyone that helped me keep my best friend alive. Without Magpas Air Ambulance Rob’s outcome may not have been so positive. He is a very lucky man, and I am a very lucky woman.

Six months after my cardiac arrest I decided that I wanted to give a little bit back to Magpas Air Ambulance for everything they had done for me, so I set a target of walking 100 miles in the month of September. My fitness had been knocked right back and I was told it would take a long time to build my strength back up. It was hard, but I was determined, and in the end managed to walk 118 miles and raised £2,746.50 for the charity that saved my life.

Laura and I wanted to share our story so that you can see the difference you make and to ask you, if you can, to play the Magpas Air Ambulance summer raffle this year. Tickets are only £1, and you could be in with a chance of winning £3,000 whilst being there for the next family who needs help.

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You could win up to £1,000 every Friday with The Magpas Air Ambulance Lottery. Our lottery starts from £5 per month, which includes entry into each weekly draw, as well as an additional ticket per month into our annual Superdraw to win £5,000.

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