Paramedics the unsung heroes who helped to save Michael’s life

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A Cloneen family has praised the response of emergency HSE personnel who responded to a crisis before Christmas.

Ena Dunphy said such people were unsung heroes as she outlined how they dealt with an emergency call to their home.

Her husband, sixty four year old Michael, had a heart attack at his home in Cloneen the Saturday night before Christmas.

He went out to his local for a drink and had just returned home after half an hour

“He got sick and I called Care Doc and I called an ambulance. The ambulance arrived at the house within minutes and the two paramedics were brilliant in how they handled the situation .

They reassured me and continued to give Michael excellent care.” said Ena.

Michael was transported to Cork University Hospital and is now at home recovering from his illness.

“They were very professional dealing with Michael and myself and in the very efficient manner in which they communicated with South Tipp General and Cork University Hospital.

“When we arrived in Cork they were both praised for the excellent work they had carried out with Michael,” said Ena.

Ena praised the excellent work of the two paramedics involved -Tommy Gahan and Declan Harte.

“They came within minutes and it was a big help that we knew both of them. Tommy is a neighbour and Declan is a friend of the family. The HSE are always coming under fire for the services in the country but these people save lives,they are unsung heroes and we are lucky to have them,” she said.

“It was a shock. I had no time to buy presents or anything before Christmas. Thankfully Michael is ok and we had so many callers to the house over the Christmas .

To have him back was the best present I could think of,” said Ena.

Ena said that ambulance staff and paramedics carry out their jobs everyday saving lives and very little was heard about it.


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