Friends reunite to complete ill-fated golf game

Photo, L-R: Will Fisher, Lewis Allam, Bill Fisher and Ross Wilson at the air ambulance base at Redhill

Two friends have reunited to complete a game of golf they began three years ago, which was dramatically cut short when one of them collapsed.

Bill Fisher, 66, jetted to the UK from Australia for a golf challenge against his friend Ross Wilson, 68, and their two sons.

The four of them were moving on to the sixth tee at Surrey National Golf Club in Chaldon, when Bill suddenly had a cardiac arrest.

Thankfully, Ross had completed a St John Ambulance emergency first aid at work course and immediately started CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Ross continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived. Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, was also called to the scene.

Unconscious and in a critical condition, Bill was taken flown to the specialist coronary unit it St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, where he was operated on to treat a blocked artery - just 20 minutes after leaving the golf course.

Remarkably, Bill has since made a full recovery and last week travelled back to the UK for the first time since his cardiac arrest, to visit his son, and to thank those who saved his life.

Bill, his family, and Ross visited Redhill Aerodrome to meet Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic Lewis Allam who helped treat him.

They then had an emotional reunion at Wentworth Golf Club, Berkshire, before the two of them took to the course with their sons to complete the ill-fated game of July, 2014.

Bill said: “It’s been fantastic to see Ross again; I will always be grateful for his quick reactions and the fact he performed CPR straight away. There is no doubt if he hadn’t done that I would not be here today.”

His wife Robyne added: “Ross’s immediate CPR certainly meant Bill had the best chance of survival and it’s incredible how well he has recovered.

"We’d also like to thank the amazing paramedics, the air ambulance crew, and NHS staff for their wonderful care. Without all their efforts Bill wouldn’t be here today.”

Ross said: “All too often we think about the person who had the attack but if there is one thing that this whole experience has taught me is the importance of taking into account the impact on close family and friends who need to deal with the after effects.

"Seeing Bill and his family again has really brought home the reality of saving a life in these circumstances. Having the first aid skills to save a life really is something extraordinary.”

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Date Posted: 5th February 2017