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Disgusting Paramedic recalls moment patient spat in her face as she tried to treat him during pandemic

I tried to diffuse the situation by telling him my name and explaining what I was trying to do, but then he spat at me..'

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Lisa O'Sullivan, from Cork, is based in Blackweir, Cardiff

Lisa O'Sullivan, from Cork, is based in Blackweir, Cardiff

Lisa O'Sullivan, from Cork, is based in Blackweir, Cardiff

A paramedic from Cork has recalled the horrific moment a patient spat in her face as she tried to treat him at the height of the pandemic. 

Lisa O'Sullivan, who is based in Blackweir, Cardiff, relived the “traumatic' ordeal” when she was also verbally abused by the man in the city's Callaghan Square last August.

South Wales Police officers arrested the man and he has since been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Speaking after the sentencing hearing, Lisa (34) said she had been called to reports of a man having a seizure on Callaghan Square.

“It was a high-priority 'red' call so I made my way there on lights and sirens,” she said. "As I tried to assess him, he swore and called me a 'f*****g c**t'. I tried to diffuse the situation by telling him my name and explaining what I was trying to do, but then he spat at me which caught my face and my arm.

"Normally, I wouldn't be fazed by something like this but I was stunned by it. We were in the middle of the pandemic, and even though I was wearing PPE I had no idea whether he had Covid-19, let alone what other blood-borne diseases he may be carrying.

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Daryl Robins pleaded guilty to assaulting Lisa

Daryl Robins pleaded guilty to assaulting Lisa

Daryl Robins pleaded guilty to assaulting Lisa

"It was traumatic. I felt hurt. I was there to help him and that's how he treated me."

At Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on May 27, Daryl Robins pleaded guilty to assaulting Lisa contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and Section 1 of the Assault on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018, and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison.

Lisa who joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in 2016, added: "I felt relief when I heard about his sentencing to be honest.

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"I'm just glad that justice has been served, and that the courts took this seriously. I felt nervous for a while after the incident, especially when out as a solo responder.

"The attack was short-lived – it was over in literally minutes, but the impact stays with you."

Last month the Welsh Ambulance Service launched its 'With Us, Not Against Us' campaign in response to a rise in assaults on emergency workers in Wales.

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