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Woman in serious condition after suffering cardiac arrest in New Look in the Buttermarket

17:56 11 March 2016

Ipswich town centre

Ipswich town centre


Two shoppers in Ipswich revived a woman in her 20s after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon.

Ipswich town centreIpswich town centre

Paramedics were called at around 2.30pm to the New Look store in the Buttermarket.

Two women who witnessed the incident were first on the scene, and performed CPR while paramedics were on their way.

The pair managed to revive the woman, believed to be in her early 20s, before leaving her in the care of paramedics.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital by land ambulance in a serious condition, an ambulance spokesman said.

Three ambulances and two police cars were called to the incident.

Crew from the Essex Air Ambulance, believed to have landed in Christchurch Park, also attended the scene.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust spokesman said: “She remains in a serious condition.

“A land ambulance took the woman to Ipswich Hospital.”

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Emergency services were called because a woman had been taken ill.”


  • beerlover: Sometimes it is easy to remove yourself from real life by thinking about other people as being nothing to do with you. If you were to replace the words 'the unfortunate woman' with the words 'my mum' or 'my child' it takes on a whole new meaning, doesn't it? A cardiac arrest must be treated within 4 minutes to prevent brain damage andor death. Police and medics attend in force in an attempt to be the first on the scene to administer what could be life saving treatment. In fact, if a person were to suffer brain damage after a cardiac arrest, the ensuing long-term treatment would cost the NHS a whole lot more than a few ambulances and policemen. I write this message as someone who can substitute the words 'my sister' into your comment, and I for one would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all those who turned out to save her. In particular, a big thank you to the shoppers who stopped to give CPR. She is on the road to recovery thanks to all you wonderful people.

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    Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • *whinges about the resources deloyed

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    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Typical. The emergency services turn out in numbers to a life threatening situation to try and save a life and someone who he's about he resources deloyed. Police officers are first aid trained as well so maybe they arrived before the paramedics to do what they always do, to help people who need it. Rather than criticse the response to a life threatening emergency, perhaps thank your lucky stars that so many people rush to help. If you were in the same situation and if you suffered the same fate, you'd be glad to see so many people rally round to help save your life.

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    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Three ambulances and two police cars. Seems rather excessive for just one person being taken ill. I can understand if one of the ambulances was a fast-response vehicle and the second was the one needed to get her to hospital. But why the third? And why two police cars? What exactly did they contribute to the situation? Since the unfortunate woman was taken ill in a shop, they didn't exactly need to redirect the vast amount of traffic on the Buttermarket around her for safety.

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    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Why, oh why, was it necessary to post a video of the ambulances outside the Buttermarket?? Can't this poor woman have some dignity? I know if it was me I wouldn't want a news story and people standing around filming. I really hope she recovers.

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    Friday, March 11, 2016

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