Heart attack victim becomes a dad

HEART attack victim Adam Dumesny would never have known he had a son - and his son would never have known his father.

HEART attack victim Adam Dumesny would never have known he had a son - and his son would never have known his father.

Had Mr Dumesny not made a miraculous recovery - against odds of less than one per cent - he would not be enjoying fatherhood like is today.

The 26-year-old woke up in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest last May to be told by his wife, Charlotte, that she was expecting their first child.

Mrs Dumesny had only discovered she was pregnant while she carried out a vigil at her husband's bedside.


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The building worker remarkably emerged with no long-term brain damage and last Tuesday, Mrs Dumesny gave birth to Lawson Jay, weighing 8lbs 3ozs, at their home in Leiston.

Mrs Dumesny, a teacher at Leiston High School, said: “I am over the moon that he is here and knows his son. He is a wonderful father already.

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“The birth went very smoothly. Lawson Jay is a very relaxed baby and he is doing well. He is very laid back and doesn't cry very much.”

Mr Dumesny, who is originally from Australia but met his wife while she was travelling in the country, was working on a building site when he suffered his heart attack.

But he was saved thanks to the heroics of a volunteer medic and paramedics who fought for his life on a 25-mile dash to hospital.

Community first responder, Teresa Webster, reached him within minutes and gave life-saving CPR, while paramedics Doug Armfield and Neil Flowers re-started his heart.

Mr Dumesny has nominated all three in the Ambulance Person of the Year category in the Stars of Suffolk Awards, which takes place next Thursday.

Mr Dumesny said: “We are just so happy everything turned out the way it did. It is fantastic.

“Sometimes we sit down and talk about what happened. It is bit upsetting but in a happy way because we think how lucky we are.”

- Do you owe your life to someone's heroics? Are you a father thanks to extraordinary circumstances? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

TIMELINE:-

- May 7, 2008 - Adam Dumesny suffers a heart attack while working on a building site.

- May 9, 2008 - Mr Dumesny wakes up after a medically-induced coma and squeezes his wife's hand. Mrs Dumesny tells him he will be a father.

- September, 2008 - Mr Dumesny meets paramedics who helped save his life.

- January 20, 2009 - Mrs Dumesny gives birth to Lawson Jay, weighing 8lbs 3ozs, at their Leiston home.

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