Team leader and senior charge nurse in our Emergency Department, Mithun Thampi, has helped a young man in his early thirties who went into cardiac arrest at a leisure centre, while on duty with Essex Police as a special constable.
Mithun was on police duty with another officer, when he attended to a man who had collapsed at a sports leisure centre and was in cardiac arrest.
The man had been teaching gymnastics to school children at the Eversley Leisure Centre, when he collapsed. Mithun and his colleague arrived and performed CPR, with the help of paramedic colleagues who were at the scene a few minutes earlier. As an experienced full time nurse in A&E his response was instinctive.
Once the patient was stable, Mithun gave the ambulance crew a brief handover, the man was then transported via Air Ambulance to Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon Hospital.
The day after the incident, Mithun checked the wellbeing of the patient and met his family who were very grateful for all the help. The man is currently recovering with support from his family.
Special Constable Mithun Thampi, from Basildon Local Response Team, said,
“When I got there I felt like it was another day at work. It was out of my comfort zone as we were dealing with a life and death situation with just two kit bags from the paramedics on a gym floor. I’m pleased I was there to help, and the paramedics were glad to have me as an extra pair of hands.
“My role as a volunteer police officer is very satisfying, as I give up time for a good cause. It’s very interesting and I’ve learned so much. It has also helped with my main job as it’s given me more confidence to deal with difficult and conflicting situations.”
Mithun, who has worked in Basildon for 10 years, gives up his own time to be a special constable. These are volunteer police officers who have the same police powers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis.
From a young age it has always been one of his dreams to join the police force. He joined last year after attending an Essex Police open day at Lakeside. He had to undergo exams, interviews, a physical test and four months of training before he could commence duties as a fully warranted officer.
The Trust is very supportive of his voluntary work and commends him in his live saving efforts.