THERE were tears yesterday as Robert Siska and his wife caught up with the people who brought him back from the brink of death last week.

When paramedics administered Tenecteplase for the first time in Central Queensland they handed Robert a second chance at life.

They had arrived at Robert's Mount Morgan home to find him in the grips of a massive heart attack.

Robert was administered the clot-busting drug by an advanced care paramedic under the new Decision Supported Thrombolysis guideline.

Clot-busting drugs are administered to clear the heart arteries of blockages.

They reduce the stickiness of platelets that trigger blood clots and clear the arteries to minimise damage to the heart muscle.

It's unlikely Robert would have made it without the drug. Yesterday Robert and his appreciative wife, Tunde, repeatedly thanked the ambulance officers for their quick response and decisiveness.

Tunde fought back tears as she recounted her thoughts that she would lose her husband.

She said she felt frightened and helpless as Robert suffered in severe pain.

"He deteriorated very quickly from minute to minute and I said to myself there was nothing I could do, just follow the instructions the lady was giving me through the phone," Tunde said.

"The ambulance's quick response and dedication brings tears to my eyes, they really put their life on the line and that's why my husband is here today, we cannot thank them enough."

Robert, who was taken to the Rockhampton Hospital before being flown to Brisbane for surgery, was happy to be home and said the events seemed a blur.

"It all happened very quickly, they worked on me frantically and that is what saved my life," Robert said.

"I feel good now even though I am a little tired."

One of the paramedics on site at the time, Wendy Porter, said when they arrived on scene to the code one call Robert was suffering from chest pains.

"We assessed Robert and knew straight away he had a myocardial infarction or heart attack as it's more commonly known," she said.

"It was definitely a highlight of my career to be able to use the drug and have such a great outcome all around."



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