A touching gesture in Südstraße in the Wolfsburg plant: With a bouquet of flowers and chocolates in hand, Volkswagen employee Harald Porsch visited the health center to share his gratitude with the people who saved his life. The 58-year-old had an acute heart attack at the start of his night shift in Hall 12 on January 7. He had to be resuscitated by the emergency services called to help him.
He was already sweating on his way into work and Porsch recalls he noticed a stabbing pain in his chest that “felt like intense heartburn.” It prompted him to lie down in the shower room. “The pain became worse and worse. I could hardly breathe.” Luckily, there was a blessing in disguise: His colleague Lucas Knorrn reacted quickly, dialed the emergency number 555, and the paramedics arrived on the scene within a few minutes.
Paramedic Daniel Sulfrian and Jens Hielscher from the fire protection team knew it was serious right away. They notified emergency doctor Elena Friesen and started administering first aid. When they took their patient to the ambulance on the stretcher, Porsch developed a life-threatening irregular heartbeat. “We had to resuscitate him with the defibrillator,” recalls Sulfrian. The heart muscle had stopped pumping. Once he had been successfully resuscitated, he went straight to Wolfsburg hospital where the staff had already been told about the emergency.
“I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you,” said Porsch at the reunion. He hugged those who saved his life tightly as he announced, “I will be celebrating my first birthday next year on January 7!”