Aussie paramedic left in a state of shock when called to his home as his 12-year-old son remained unresponsive on the bathroom floor.
Troy Heise has worked as an ambulance officer for the past 15 years, during which time he has been responsible for preventing the loss of hundreds of lives.
No amount of preparation or experience could have adequately prepared him for the ordeal of being sent back to his own home while his own son was close to death.
When Troy realised that he and his coworkers had been given the following address, which was also his own, he felt there must have been a mistake.
Wife Sarah contacted 000 after discovering Flynn was unresponsive in the bathroom.
As his mother became anxious and stormed through the door, the schoolboy had been in there for over 20 minutes.
When Sarah called for an ambulance to come to their home in Hervey Bay, Queensland, she was completely unaware that her husband was at work at the time.
“Tota disbelief” is how Troy described his state of mind when he got at his home and found that Flynn was in urgent need of assistance.
When it’s your own son, your emotionally attached, your scared, your angry, your worried… I couldn’t perform,’ he said.
Troy recalled how he had exerted all of his efforts to save Flynn, but he was aware that his son would not make it.
While he was consoling his wife in the front of the house, he walked out to the front of the house and radioed his coworker, saying, “It’s my son.”
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“In the end, there were 12 paramedics and six police officers, and our front street looked like a battleground.”
‘I ended up with 12 paramedics, six cops, our front street looked like a war zone. We were just in a daze, Sarah and I. We needed to step back,’ he added.
According to Troy, Flynn was taking a shower when he became aware that the cord for the shower was wrapped around his neck. This realisation either caused him to panic or fall.
His son was unable to be saved and passed away in the hospital three days later as his family gathered around him to say their final goodbyes.
Flynn’s organs were donated to young children who, without them, would not have been able to live.