‘He’s threatening to kill us’: Moment paramedics are forced to flee their ambulance in fear for their lives as ‘patient lashes out at 4am’
Footage showed the paramedics running from the van while calling for help
The two female workers so-called Ehtesham Ghaffar, 20, threatened to kill them.
Mr Ghaffar denied the claims and said he’d a panic attack through the ordeal
Two female paramedics have been forced to flee their ambulance fearing for their lives after a patient allegedly attacked them all through an early-morning callout.
The ambulance workers were called to a house in Greystanes in western Sydney at about 4am on Saturday to help a man with heart pain.
But rather than taking the person to hospital, footage obtained by 9 News showed the paramedics running from the van while calling for help.
‘We’re by foot, we’ve left the car, he is threatening to kill us,’ they may be heard saying.
The panicked workers ran from the ambulance (pictured) and took refuge within the home a neighbour
The panicked workers took refuge inside a stranger’s home.
‘We’re inside the residence where individuals have let us in. We are safe but nonetheless require armed assistance.’
The woman who let them in to her home said the workers looked terrified.
‘The doorbell was ringing really crazy, just continuing,’ she said.
‘[The paramedics] were very shaken. They were very frightened.’
The officers so-called the patient, 20-year-old Ehtesham Ghaffar, threatened and lunged at them inside the ambulance.
Another neighbour said she saw the person run out of the ambulance or over the street.
Mr Ghaffar was later taken to hospital by his mother before that he was arrested and charged with assault.
He denied threatening the paramedics and claimed that he was having a panic attack through the entire ordeal.
‘I’m like, “can you help me, I can’t breath” and they did not give me any response and then they just kept looking at me and I’m just telling them “help me, help me”,’ he said.
Ehtesham Ghaffar (pictured), 20, allegedly threatened and lunged at them inside the ambulance
‘I just grabbed my phone, and as soon as I grabbed my phone she ran out of the ambulance.’
NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Tony Gately said the workers were ‘rattled’ by the experience.
He said: ‘In not a way is it ever, ever appropriate for anybody to threaten, abuse, spit at attempt to assault a paramedic.’
The paramedics were wearing human anatomy cameras through the ordeal which will surely help police with their investigation.