From a cardiac arrest to performing life-saving surgery on the roadside, LIVES Emergency Responders provide a rapid 999 medical emergency response in Lincolnshire.
Our highly skilled and qualified Emergency Responders live and work within Lincolnshire’s local communities, so when someone makes an urgent call for help – they can get to them fast.
This is so important in Lincolnshire, whose rural nature means that the nearest hospital is frequently over 30 minutes away, which can be fatal in a time sensitive incident such as a cardiac arrest. Last year LIVES attended an average of 11 cardiac arrests per week; the presence of a rapid response Emergency Responder gave each of those people a chance of survival.
We need to raise over £1.4 million each year to keep our Emergency Responders on the road and it costs almost £3000 to recruit, train and equip a brand-new responder. By donating to LIVES, you will literally help us to continue saving lives in Lincolnshire.
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Over 18 years ago, Deborah Ross was heavily pregnant with her first child, when she suddenly had a seizure and collapsed. The emergency services were contacted and not long after the call was made, a LIVES Doctor arrived at Deborah’s house. According to Deborah, it’s thanks to that Doctor, she and her son are here to tell the tale today.
She was 38 weeks pregnant with her first child at the time and was at home with her mum. They’d spent the day decorating and Deborah had just driven to the shop to get them some lunch. After returning home, she started feeling faint.
“My mum told me I walked through the door and said, “oh mum” just as I dropped to the floor and started fitting.” Deborah tells us.
Deborah’s mum ran outside to ask a neighbour for help and a 999 call was made.
The fit lasted about 10 minutes. Deborah had stopped breathing and turned blue. Her mum managed to turn her onto her side and she started breathing again. When Deborah regained consciousness, LIVES Doctor, Dr Simon Topham, was there.
Dr Topham was able to identify that Deborah was having an eclamptic seizure, related to undiagnosed pre-eclampsia that had developed in Deborah’s pregnancy. Other than her blood pressure being a little high, she had no other worrying symptoms or reason for concern.
He was able to make interventions to save, not only Deborah’s life, but that of her unborn baby.
“Dr Topham was amazing looking after me and my baby.” says Deborah. “He followed the ambulance all the way to Lincoln hospital and didn’t leave me until I was handed over to my consultant.”
As Deborah’s son, Lewis, turned 18, she wanted to share her story of how LIVES made a difference to her and her family.
“I can’t thank Dr Topham enough.” she says. “We wouldn’t be here today without him.”