"I can remember every detail and I can see every minute of trying to save the patient’s life" - A powerful statement from Dubliner Colin Nugent.
Speaking to Humans Of Dublin, the Dublin Fire Brigade member opened up about meeting a man a year after saving his life:
"I was off-duty, collecting the kids from school and down the road from the school there was a man in his fifties, he was out for a walk when he went into cardiac arrest. I have done the same procedure so many times before so when I arrived, I just got to work. After the ambulance arrived and he was in safe hands I just went about my day and didn’t really think about it too much after that. It was only about 30 minutes of my life, but it was a full year of recovery for him. Luckily the man made a full recovery and he and his family tracked me down and set up a meeting.
I remember this case so vividly because that was the first time that someone could really thank me for saving his life and it had a huge impact on me. You know, when you have a job where you get to save lives, sometimes it becomes routine and you forget to think about how much of an impact you have, not only the patients but also on their families.”
Colin is nominated in the Dublin Hero category in 98FM's Best Of Dublin Awards with Des Kelly Interiors, along with Michael Cardiff a paramedic with St John's Ambulance Ireland, Michelle Conroy from Crumlin A&E, Dave Horan from Finglas Fire Station and paramedic Des Mulreany.
You can vote for your favourite Dublin Hero here. Voting closes this Friday, May 18th at midday.