We Salute You

Posted 13 March by Kara Morally

Green Willow resident John Etherington, shared his wonderful testimony this week with the activities team, over a nice cup of tea at lunch time! John is delighted for us to share his story about the great work of St Johns Ambulance. Some people may say it is a coincidence, others may say it is pure luck, but we think it is a Miracle!

 John shared that he was born in June 1929, and was married to his beloved wife Joan for over 45 years. John was also a former medic in the   RAF during the war and then based in Egypt in the 1950s, before his 40 years service with his local church as a bell ringer. John happily talked and reminisced about his amazing accounts of his earlier years.

 later on in Johns life, he became one of three survivors after suffering a heart attack alongside two of his fellow colleagues at a remembrance service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall back in 2005. All three of the gentlemen suffered heart attacks and were all resuscitated by St John ’s volunteers who were providing first aid and medical cover at the service on the exact same day. 

 All three servicemen remarkably survived and were able to share their experiences a year on, which received a write up in the “Insight”   Magazine 2006 edition that John kindly showed. Most health care professionals would say this is phenomenal, to have a triple success of resuscitations in a pre-hospital situation,

and on the same day, as this would be extremely rare or even unheard of.

John praised and spoke so highly of St John’s volunteers still to this day, who took part in their initial care and treatment for resuscitating him, and his fellow servicemen. 

“They made my day,” he said, “for saving my life, I truly thank them all!”

John is a wonderful resident at Green Willow Care Home, and we are so proud of all his achievements and thank him for sharing this incredible story.