Paramedic spends birthday saving life for the second time

Brewster Ambulance paramedic Erika Apicella said her “greatest birthday present” was being able to spend her last two birthdays saving patients’ lives

By EMS1 Staff

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A paramedic spent her last two birthdays saving the lives of two different patients.

FOX25 reported that Brewster Ambulance paramedic Erika Apicella chose to work on her birthday for the past two years, and was able to save two cardiac arrest patients.

Last year on her birthday, Apicella and her partner, Chris King, responded to the home of John Sullivan and transported him to the hospital quickly after he had suffered cardiac arrest.

"I asked my wife to go upstairs and get my bathrobe, and when she came down I was unconscious and my heart had stopped," Sullivan said.

Apicella called it her “greatest birthday present,” and she was able to do it again on her next birthday when she and King responded to another cardiac arrest patient.

"I looked at Chris again and was like 'Chris, we gotta do this again, it's my birthday,'" Apicella said. "With the help of Plymouth Fire we were able to save him."

On the same day, Apicella received a message from Sullivan that read, “It was one year ago today that you saved my life, thank you."

"I would say I'll never forget today, I'll never forget my last birthday – I don't think I'm going to work on my birthday next year," Apicella said.



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