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Clacton toddler Kai Clark meets crews who saved his life

A boy from Essex who was revived after he died for six minutes has met the medical crews who saved his life.

Three-year-old Kai Clark, from Clacton, suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing at his home in October.

After being resuscitated by paramedics he was flown by the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EEAA) to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Kai and his family met the crews at the EEAA base in Cambridge on Monday.

Kai's mother, Kelly Clark, said: "It was the most frightening experience you can go through as a parent.

"I was trying to resuscitate him myself but I feared it was too late."

'Lucky boy'

Kai returned home from Great Ormond Street in London before Christmas.

"He still has some medical complications and it has been a hard process to get to this point," Mrs Clark said.

"But to see him walking and smiling again is amazing."

Dr Richard Lyon, of the Anglia Two helicopter crew, said Kai was found to have an "incredibly rare" heart condition and the chances of being revived was "less than 1%".

He said: "To survive without any kind of brain damage is even better, so he's a very lucky boy.

"It was fantastic [to see him again]. He's such a cool little kid, who had a great day running around and playing with a helicopter.

"It was obviously very rewarding for everyone involved."

'Best chance'

Dr Lyon paid tribute to all those involved with in the emergency.

Image caption Kai's older brother and three-week-old sister met the air ambulance crew

He said: "Kai's mum, the 999-call taker and local ambulance crew were all outstanding.

"This ensured Kai's brain received oxygen and his heart was started within a short time."

He explained the air ambulance was "invaluable".

"We were able to provide rapid intensive care to Kai, including cooling his body to protect his brain," said Dr Lyon.

"[This ensured] we gave him the best possible chance of surviving without lasting disability."

The East Anglian Air Ambulance charity runs a fleet of two helicopters covering Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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