VIDEO: Sleaford vet helps save pet owner who was ‘dead for four minutes’

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Staff at a Sleaford vet’s, who are used to animal emergencies, have been hailed for saving the life of 30-year-old mum Lizzie Bevis.

Vet Matthew Fry and his team sprung into action when Lizzie had what appeared to be a massive heart attack.

The mum-of-two had been visiting Quarrington Veterinary Surgery, in London Road, with her mum and sister for a consultation with their Jack Russell Daisy when she slipped to the floor and started making ‘rasping’ noises.

Her sister Christine, 22, said: “She went an awful colour.

“The vet said something was not right.

“He put her on to her back and she felt like a dead weight.”

Mr Fry started performing CPR on her while nurse Sarah Mainwaring assisted and receptionist Leila Long called 999.

A First Responder and two paramedics arrived within minutes and took over from the staff.

Mr Fry said: “They couldn’t believe it when they arrived and had to shock her twice with a defibrillator to bring her back.”

She was rushed to Lincoln City Hospital and placed into an induced coma while doctors worked to help her and find out what had happened.

She was diagnosed as having Long QT Syndrome - a rare condition that causes problems with the electrical activity of the heart.

“It occurs in about one in every 2,000 people.”

Once out of the induced coma she was transferred to Nottingham City Hospital to have a defibrillator implanted, which will kick in if her heart stops again.

Lizzie, who lives in Sandhurst Crescent, in Sleaford, said: “I was basically ‘dead’ for four minutes.”

She added: “There was no sign before that I had this condition and I’ve always been quite fit and active.”

As a thank you to the vets, Lizzie and her children Alvi, eight, and Jasper, seven, decorated a cake to take in to the staff on Friday - the day after Lizzie got out of hospital.

She added: “I am so grateful to the staff at the vets.

“They are amazing people and I want to get the message across that it’s important for people to know what to do in an emergency situation and to get first aid training.”