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'If I was anywhere bar that ambulance, I would be dead'

OAKEY man Michael Cherry has reunited with the two people he calls his heroes.

Dr Paul Chang and advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks saved his life in the back of an ambulance after Mr Cherry's heart stopped beating for four minutes.

After stubbornly ignoring severe chest pains all day, Mr Cherry finally sought medical attention the afternoon of April 29 this year.

It was only through a twist of luck and skill from Dr Chang and Ms Crooks that Mr Cherry lived to see his 55th birthday.

"If I was anywhere bar that ambulance, I would be dead," he said.

Michael Cherry, 55, is only alive thanks to the swift actions of Dr Paul Chang and Queensland Ambulance advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks. Michael was back at the Oakey Ambulance station to say thank you to the poeple who saved him.
Michael Cherry, 55, is only alive thanks to the swift actions of Dr Paul Chang and Queensland Ambulance advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks. Michael was back at the Oakey Ambulance station to say thank you to the poeple who saved him. Bev Lacey

The trio reunited yesterday to spread awareness of the importance of calling an ambulance.

"It's the most common thing we hear, that people didn't want to disturb us or we would have been busy with other sick people," Ms Crooks said.

"That's quite ironic because if people are having a heart attack, they are the sickest of them all."

Dr Chang urged all residents to lead a healthy lifestyle and to seek medical attention as soon as possible if they felt chest pains.

"If you have severe chest pain, don't wait - go and seek medical help immediately or call the ambulance," he said.

"It can happen at any age or any time."

Call 000 in an emergency.

Topics:  emergency services heart attack hero oakey queensland ambulance service survivor toowoomba


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