We're proud to be to featured in the second series of TV’s Emergency Helicopter Medics. The programme gives viewers a rare insight into the charity that provides advanced critical care to the most critically ill and injured in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, as it races against the clock to save lives.

Episode 1 aired on Sunday 3rd March on More4, with the dramatic story of 48-year-old Paul, who suffered a ‘widow-maker’ heart attack - renowned to result in immediate death. Paul’s heart, failing in every way possible, had multiple cardiac arrests. Thirteen defibrillator shocks were administered by Thames Valley Air Ambulance on route to the hospital, as the crew fought to save his life.

Paul from Cookham, in Berkshire, collapsed whilst playing golf in Milton Keynes. Thames Valley Air Ambulance reached the golf course - which was 30 miles away – in 16 minutes and Doctor Chloe Spence and Critical Care Paramedic Jo Meadham arrived on scene to deliver advanced cardiac care to Paul, in what they describe as “the toughest cardiac incident we’ve ever attended”.

Doctor Chloe Spence and paramedic Jo Meadham delivered advanced cardiac care to Paul

Doctor Chloe Spence said:

Paul was critically ill. His heart was in and out of life-threatening rhythms, stopping and starting, requiring advanced intervention to get it to restart, all the way to hospital. He was as critical as one can be, but Paul was a fighter and he battled to stay alive.


Paul has defied the odds of survival and following doctors operating on a blood clot blocking his heart, he has made a remarkable recovery and is back at work full-time.


Paul has made a remarkable recovery since his incident

Paul said:

I am so grateful to Thames Valley Air Ambulance for reaching me so quickly, acting so calmly in a chaotic situation and to everyone that battled to save my life. It was a terrifying ordeal and I feel incredibly lucky to be alive. I am under no illusion that without the incredible skill and emergency treatment I received, I would not be alive today. I am looking forward to helping Thames Valley Air Ambulance, in any way I can, so others can be as fortunate as me.

Amanda McLean, CEO at Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said:

Paul’s story is remarkable and shows how, together with our ambulance service colleagues, we make a difference when minutes matter. We are thrilled to be featured throughout Series 2 of Emergency Helicopter Medics and viewers will see our iconic red helicopter attending a diverse range of incidents and our amazing crew bringing the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to patients at the scene. We’re a charity and couldn’t do this vital, lifesaving work without the generosity of our supporters.

To find out more about the Emergency Helicopter Medics series, access exclusive behind the scenes content, and meet our incredible crew, click here.