Ukrainian man who survived two heart attacks reunited with paramedics who saved his life

Val (middle) was reunited with the paramedics who saved his life (London Ambulance Service)
Val (middle) was reunited with the paramedics who saved his life (London Ambulance Service)

A man who beat the odds to survive a second cardiac arrest has been reunited with the London Ambulance crew that saved his life.

Val Dyadyuk, 75, was visiting his son in north London when he stopped breathing early one morning in May.

His wife Nina screamed out for her son Oleg Khomenko when she could not wake up her husband.

Mr Khomenko immediately dialled 999 and call handler Nyota Ndeke dispatched an ambulance and two paramedics in fast response cars to the home. She then began instructing Mr Khomenko on how to give life-saving chest compressions.

The crews managed to resuscitate Val before taking him to a hospital with a specialist heart unit. He spent five weeks in hospital.

Mr Dyadyuk, from Ukraine, had already suffered a cardiac arrest seven years ago. The odds of surviving one cardiac arrest alone are around 10 per cent and it is very rare to survive a second.

Mr Khomenko said: “We could not have had my dad back without the wonderful ambulance people that came to save him for us.

“They were incredibly professional, helpful, understanding and most of all human in a time that was so difficult for myself and my family. We are forever grateful.”

Now fully recovered, Mr Dyadyuk visited the ambulance crews who treated him that morning some six months ago to thank them in person. He now lives in Australia.

The ambulance crew credited Mr Khomenko with saving his father’s life by applying effective chest compressions.

Paramedic Kate Gaustad said: “The fact that he woke up to his mum screaming and leapt into action with such effective chest compressions meant he saved his dad’s life.

“We couldn’t have done our job without Oleg’s actions. Meeting Val made me proud, to know his family have him back, to see him walking, talking, living life – he represents what the ambulance service is there for.”

Paramedic Ben Holyroyd said: “It was a privilege and honour to meet Val. It’s just so amazing to be part of the joy and happiness that the family have.

“I am proud of what we did but on that day Oleg was part of our team – hopefully their story will inspire others to learn life-saving skills.”