Shocking moment firefighters smash brick wall to rescue 50st heart attack victim


Firefighters are forced to smash down brick wall to rescue 50st man having a heart attack in his flat

  • Video shot in Acton, west London, shows emergency services 17-hour rescue bid
  • Inside the ground-floor flat was a 50st heart attack victim who had called 999
  • Dozens of medics, firefighters and police officers on hand during £10k operation

This is the dramatic moment emergency services were forced to knock down the wall of a flat during a 17-hour rescue mission to save an obese heart attack victim. 

Fire crews are also seen constructing a ramp to remove the 50stone man out of his ground floor council home in Acton, West London, in an operation estimated to have cost around £10,000.

After the lengthy extraction process, the heart attack victim, known only as Manuel, is understood to have been rushed to a special ward at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. 

Neighbours revealed how Friday marked the third attempt at removing ‘Manuel’ from his flat, with the bed reportedly breaking during their most recent efforts.

Fire crews are seen constructing a ramp to remove the 50stone man out of his ground floor council home in Acton, West London, in an operation estimated to have cost around £10,000

After the lengthy extraction process, the heart attack victim is understood to have been rushed to a special ward at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Pictured: The scene on Friday morning

After the lengthy extraction process, the heart attack victim is understood to have been rushed to a special ward at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. Pictured: The scene on Friday morning

The operation began with a 999 call at around 2am on Friday, January 13 after locals raised the alarm. 

Dozens of paramedics, police officers, firefighters were among those working to save the man known only as Manuel during the incident.

Fire crews were first on the scene at around 9am, where they started work demolishing the exterior wall of the flat.

They then painstakingly constructed a temporary wooden ramp and used ropes to hoist the patient onto a stretcher. He finally arrived in hospital at around 8pm. 

Dozens of paramedics, police officers, firefighters were among those working to save the man known only as Manuel during the dramatic incident

Dozens of paramedics, police officers, firefighters were among those working to save the man known only as Manuel during the dramatic incident

Experts including an urban search and rescue team - normally deployed during earthquakes - were joined by council officials who surveyed the damage

Experts including an urban search and rescue team – normally deployed during earthquakes – were joined by council officials who surveyed the damage

Experts including an urban search and rescue team – normally deployed during earthquakes – were joined by council officials who surveyed the damage. 

MailOnline understands there are around 40 residents living in the west London flat block. 

One neighbour, Vernon Bannister, told the Sun how the man lives on takeaways and owns ‘the biggest TV I have ever seen’. 

‘There’s other people in this building that are sick and they have to pay for it,’ he added.

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