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Paramedic drives himself to hospital with ambulance after suffering heart attack

By Mason White 5:10 PM May 10, 2017
David and Nicole Watson
David and Nicole Watson
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A paramedic in Australia, saved his own life by recognizing his symptoms as a heart attack and driving himself to a hospital for treatment.

52-year-old David Watson of Casterton, felt strong chest pain while he was working out one morning.

Through his many years of experience in treating heart attack patients, he immediately realized that he was on the brink of death.

Watson felt crushing chest pain and a tingling feeling running down both of his arms, which are classic signs of a heart attack.

He ran to his own ambulance, and put himself on the ECG machine, which showed that his heart was not functioning properly.

He sat into the driver’s seat of the ambulance, and drove himself to a nearby hospital. He was given medication to clear a blood clot.

Watson was then taken to the Geelong hospital, where he received a stent.

The doctor who treated Watson, said that he was lucky to be alive as he suffered a massive heart attack from a blood clot in a major artery.

His wife Nicole Watson, is happy that her husband managed to diagnose himself quickly, leading to his recovery.