Elderly man hospitalised after collapsing while running for at Letchworth train station

Paramedics treated a man at Letchworth Garden City train station today (Thursday) after he collapsed

Paramedics treated a man at Letchworth Garden City train station today (Thursday) after he collapsed on the platform credit: @AmboOfficer - Credit: Archant

An elderly man has been hospitalised after collapsing while running to catch a train this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance and an air ambulance were called to Letchworth Garden City Railway Station at 11.30am.

The air ambulance landed in the grounds of Pixmore Junior School in Rushby Mead but the man was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

Laura Barry, Duty Manager for East of England Ambulance service, said: “We believe the gentleman, who was in his 70s, was running to catch a train at Letchworth train station when he collapsed without warning, and went into cardiac arrest. A railway worker started CPR and I arrived on scene almost immediately, starting advanced life support.

“An ambulance crew arrived about a minute afterwards, shortly followed by the air ambulance. Fortunately we managed to get a return of spontaneous of circulation which means his heart started beating normally again. The critical care team anaethetised him on scene and he was then taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage by land ambulance for emergency treatment.

“All of the emergency services worked incredibly well together on the scene, and we’d like to thank the railway worker who gave such good CPR and potentially saved this man’s life.”

Trains services to the station were temporarily suspended but resumed at 12.45pm.

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