A BOY of seven who died for 15 minutes after a cardiac arrest was saved by his hero dad doing CPR.
Tommy Plant had collapsed at home after his heart stopped twice.
Caters News Agency Seven-year-old Tommy Plant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after he had a cardiac arrest
Desperate dad Jason, 42, kept him going with six minutes of heart massage.
Tommy’s brothers George, 17, Harry, 14, and Ben, ten, looked on in horror at the family home in Birmingham.
Telecoms worker Jason said: “The 999 operators talked me through the CPR.
“I was so scared it was unbelievable. Tommy wasn’t breathing.” Paramedics took the lad to Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital where his heart was restarted.
Jason added: “He technically died for 15 minutes.”
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Tommy was in an induced coma for 72 hours and Jason and wife Alison, 41, were told he may not make it. Jason said: “They said his chances were incredibly slim. We were told, ‘He might not walk, talk or remember you’.”
Sixteen days later, Tommy was well enough to leave.
Jason said a cardiologist told him there was nothing to indicate that his son was at high risk of falling ill. He added: “It just shows anyone can have a cardiac arrest.”
Caters News Agency The lad hugs his mum after he comes back from the dead
Caters News Agency Tommy with dad Jason and mum Alison at their home in Kings Norton, Birmingham
Caters News Agency The quick-thinking dad saved his lad’s life by doing CPR for six minutes
Caters News Agency Tommy’s brothers, Harry, 14, and Ben, ten, visit him in hospital where he was put in an induced coma for 72 hours
Caters News Agency The 999 operators talked Tommy’s dad through the CPR before paramedics arrived
West Midlands Ambulance Service (L-R): Operations Managers Wendy Hands, Tom George, Michael Francis, Alison, Tommy and Jason Plant, Jordan Lane, Michelle Stubbs and Worcester University Student, Daniel Stokes
Caters News Agency Tommy Plant’s heart rhythm after his heart stopped twice at the age of seven
Caters News Agency His love of football has helped Tommy to recover quickly
Caters News Agency The family say they had been told: ‘He might not walk, talk or remember you’
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