Recovering and grateful for rescue

Suzanne Prentice life saving helicopter flight
Recovering and grateful for rescue

Suzanne Prentice is singing the praises of the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter crew after having a major heart attack in Invercargill earlier this year.

The 63-year-old award-winning country singer believes if it had not been for the emergency service, she would probably not be around to talk about it today.

"I lead a busy life and I had just got home from a meeting. I had dinner and all of a sudden I started to get this pain in my neck.

"I said to my husband, ‘can you come and have a look at this?’ and the next thing I knew, I was on the floor and the pain was absolutely intense."

The ambulance was called and she was taken to Southland Hospital.

"That’s when I went into cardiac arrest, and the next thing I know, I was in the Otago Rescue Helicopter heading for Dunedin."

When she woke up during the flight, there was a moment of confusion, panic and fear, but then she realised where she was and that she was in safe hands, she said.

"The biggest thing for me was I thought, ‘oh God, it’s a helicopter’ and I was concerned about that.

"I must admit, being in the helicopter and seeing everybody there, I knew I was in good hands.

"I didn’t know what had happened, but I just felt the calmness in there."

View original story by John Lewis for Otago Daily Times here

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