Couple die of heart attack within minutes of each other in ambulance

A couple in their fifties died within minutes of each other in an ambulance rushing them to hospital.

PETALING JAYA: A man and his wife died in the same ambulance on Wednesday night. They are both believed to have suffered heart attacks within minutes of each other.

Paramedic, Lokhman Haqim, who attended to the victims narrated the touching incident on Facebook.

Lokhman said he and his colleague were alerted about a woman, aged 54, who had suffered a heart attack in Puchong.

When they arrived, they found the woman unconscious and immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on her. As she had only just collapsed, they decided to take her to the hospital.

“We couldn’t just pronounce her dead at the scene. Plus, her husband looked like he could not accept her current condition,” he said.

So Lokhman and his colleague carried her into the ambulance and waited for her husband, aged 58, to get her MyKad and lock the doors of their home.

“As soon as the husband finished what he needed to do, he came into the ambulance. I remember his last words to me were: ‘Where do I sit?’

“‘Sit anywhere, uncle,’ I replied while performing CPR (on the woman).”

Within a few seconds of the ambulance leaving the house, Lokhman noticed that the husband had slumped in his seat.

He called out to the man and when he got no response, went to check on him.

He then frantically knocked on the window and told the driver to stop and help him check on the man, who had no pulse by then.

“Now, I had two patients in need of CPR,” he said.

Lokhman quickly decided to resuscitate the man instead, based on who had a better chance of survival, performing CPR, while the driver sped to the hospital.

“After all the blood, sweat and tears, we decided to end the resuscitation after no response for almost 45 minutes of trying our best. Both of them were pronounced dead.

“May you guys rest in peace,” he wrote.

It was learnt later that the husband was receiving treatment for high blood pressure while his wife had a heart condition.

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