Runner who suffered cardiac arrest during 10K returns to run with the paramedic who saved him

A runner who suffered cardiac arrest and died for six minutes during the 10K Run Norwich race last year returned to race this weekend, this time alongside the paramedic who saved his life.

Tim Warner, 55, from Norfolk, collapsed 200m from the finish line of the Run Norwich in August last year. Paramedic Dale Gedge saw Warner collapse, and was able to start performing CPR on him immediately, before a second medic arrived with a defibrillator minutes later.

Warner told iNews, “I was dead before I even hit the ground. There was no warning at all. I got to about 200m from the finish line. I was feeling pretty good. I just remember going up a slight incline, then my legs went wobbly and I don’t remember anything else.

“According to Dale, my body went upright, and I stopped in my tracks. There was an almighty crack as my head hit the tarmac. The next thing I remember was Dale in front of me asking if I was okay. Apparently, I had been dead for six minutes.”

Paramedic Dale Gedge said he knew right away it was more than just exhaustion, before jumping the barrier to help Warner. Gedge’s efforts almost definitely saved Warner’s life, who was rushed to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. In November, Warner had double bypass surgery on his heart and made a remarkable recovery in order to return to complete the same 10K race, this time with Gedge and one of the cardiologists who treated him, Dr Ian Williams. Warner’s wife and children also joined him on the course.

Gedge said he felt honoured to run with Warner, saying: “with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in this country, we have a success rate of about eight per cent, so just the fact he survived is quite amazing. The fact he’s running a 10K race is quite remarkable.”

The paramedic went on to spread the message that knowing how to perform CPR could save lives.

Related: Here’s why all runners should know how to perform CPR 

What are the symptoms of cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating and blood flow to the brain and organs stop. Symptoms include someone’s eyes rolling back into their head, unconsciousness, lack of breathing, turning blue and no pulse.

If you see someone suffering cardiac arrest call 999 and start CPR immediately, as without treatment, death can occur in eight to 10 minutes.