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Fighting for Your Life

A Paramedic's Story
Narrated by: Emma Carter
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

A teenage boy lies on the pavement, bleeding from a stab wound; a distraught mum watches, in mute shock, as her daughter suffers a terrifying fatal asthma attack; a young girl is gang-raped and her stricken boyfriend takes an overdose; a disturbed young man flings himself in front of a speeding train at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

Few people can imagine living in a world where such situations are part of everyday life. Yet for veteran paramedic Lysa Walder, these and thousands of other emergency call outs are part of a day's work: scenes of tragedy, heroism, loss and horror - but also stories of triumph and humour.

Lysa has been a paramedic for over 20 years, working for the London Ambulance service - the world's biggest and busiest free service - for much of that time. Here, she reveals what it's really like to work in a job that brings paramedic teams face-to-face with death - and destiny - every day.

©2011 Lysa Walder and Jackie Hyams (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Real

As a paramedic student coming up to graduation I absolutely loved this book and relatedd to it on so many levels.

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We can all learn something from this audible, well narrated too. Don't take my word for it.

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Loved it

Really interesting insight into the paramedic life. Really enjoyed it. I could listen to more Thank you

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Eady to listen to

Very easy listen and made up of many short stories. Narration is good and the stories kept wanting me to hear more. Finished this within a couple of days

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Great!

Really enjoyed listening to all the varied stories. Very interesting. Easy listening with clear narration.

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Career change book.

Great book funny ,humorous, sad and uplifting great insite into the paramedic profession given me bit more inspiration into joining the service.

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best book I've got

if you want to be a paramedic 10000% need to listen to this till the end

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Cracking listen. Finished it within two days

Enjoyed all the stories. Hoping to study paramedic practice, so definitely was an interesting insight into their field of work.

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A well written and narrated glimpse into the life of a paramedic. Really enjoyed listening.

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  • Leah
  • 12-05-20

I loved every story

This book is about medical issues and accidents, but with none of the gore. It's more about reaching people on a personal level. It's about love for the job, and a passion to be ones very best-even in the face of chaos. Highly recommend.

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  • Dawn M
  • 14-04-20

Just Like I Remember

I really enjoyed listening to this very well written book of stories, based on your life as a paramedic! I ran 911, in America, for fire and rescue for many years. This book took me back to those days. I was touched by the sad cases and laughed out loud by others. But throughout, it was clear how much you and everyone who takes on the Emergency career cares about all that we care for! Thank you!