LISTEN: The 000 call that helped save man's life
KINGSTHORPE'S Gary Turvey hopes his story of survival can help save a life.
An asthma sufferer, Mr Turvey, 62, has managed the condition since he was a boy but even now he can't be sure what triggered an attack so severe on the night of April 30 that his family was forced to call the ambulance service.
One thing he does know is that monitoring the chronic lung condition is critical.
Mr Turvey reunited with paramedics Jo Crooks and Dan O'Brien, together with his wife Jenny and daughter Tracey who worked to save his life that night.
In thanking his lifesavers, Mr Turvey also wants to warn others about asthma.
"I want to make people aware because it is a silent killer," he said.
"I know because I have been there and done that."
Mr Turvey can't recall everything about the night of the attack except it started with a coughing spasm he couldn't clear.
It was left to his wife and daughter to help him after his inhaler failed to clear his lungs and the nebuliser didn't help.
Mrs Turvey called 000 before handing the phone to her daughter while she monitored her husband.
The family has boldly released the audio call they made to the Queensland Ambulance service that night to demonstrate just how quickly an asthma attack can go from a cough to unconsciousness.
The call also highlights the importance of remaining calm and listening to the emergency medical dispatcher.
LISTEN TO THE CALL:
"Mum initially rang but then I took over because she was stressing out," Tracey Turvey said.
"I can't really remember what she (the emergency medical dispatcher) asked but she tried to calm me, told me to make sure dad was calm, told me the steps and asked what condition dad was in.
"He was gasping, going white in the face.
"It wasn't pleasant at all seeing someone not able to breathe properly."
Advanced care paramedic Jo Crooks arrived within six minutes of the call, followed by clinical support officer Dan O'Brien.
The grateful family today thanked the crew for their calm but rapid response to the attack.
The pair remains humble about the hero status the Turvey family holds them in, but supports the asthma awareness message.
"I'm still not sure what ticked it off this time but with asthma, it triggers itself when it wants," Mr Turvey said.