Gala Bingo Miracle

Gala Bingo Miracle

Written by: Glo Wood

31 January 2016

Last week reported an absolute miracle. An employee of Gala Bingo, Sonia Burton, was dead for nearly an hour but something very special brought her back.

Burton suffered a heart attack while at work and had no pulse for 56 minutes when she says her late husband told her it wasn’t her time to go.

The mother of four said, “The only thing I remember is my late husband coming to me and saying ‘it’s not your time, Sonia, go back to the children.’ Then I woke up in hospital.”

Sonia said: “The only thing I remember is my late husband coming to me and saying ‘it’s not your time, Sonia, go back to the children.’ Then I woke up in hospital.”

She now feels that she’s a “living miracle”. “Every day I think how incredible it is that I’m still here,” she said. “I don’t take anything for granted.”

She started her work day at Gala Bingo Hall in Ashington at 4:45pm to have coffee with co-workers before her shift began at 5:30pm.

She described the onset of the massive heart attack saying, “I mainly work in the dining area and had been heading out of there when I remember getting a pain in my chest and then collapsing.”

Paramedics worked to revive Sonia and one of them, Jason, said, “You go into this job to help people.

"It’s a nice feeling knowing that we were able to make a difference and even better to see what a remarkable recovery she’s made.”

18-year-old Rosie is new in her career as a paramedic and experience her first live CPR. “Obviously you train but I don’t think anything can really prepare you for the real thing,” she said.

“I was only three weeks in to my placements, on my eighth shift, and we hadn’t been to a cardiac arrest yet.

“Stephen warned me that we might not get her back but I still didn’t know what to expect.

“It was such a relief when we did. This is exactly why you train to become a paramedic. You can literally save someone’s life.”

Sonia’s family is so happy to have their mother back and this story is one of a true miracle at Gala Bingo.


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