Dom’s Doing Great!

Defib For Life have been following the progress of cyclist Dom from Waratah Masters CC who suffered a cardiac arrest while bike racing recently. Thanks to a cardiologist, a registered nurse, and a rider experienced with the defibrillator riding behind him and administering CPR almost immediately after falling, Dom survived.

Dom is now home with his family after having a pace maker fitted and is beginning to resume his life as normal.

His family are still amazed he is with them at all, thanks to  the brave rescuers for getting in and performing CPR whilst the AED was retrieved.

What a fantastic outcome.

Geelong’s Lara MP John Eren tells all: `I was dead for three minutes’

Victorian Sport Minister John Eren says there’s nothing like dying to bring you back down to earth with a thud.

He’s been there, dead for three minutes.

Perhaps all that brought him back was that his heart stopped in the waiting room at Geelong Hospital.

“I didn’t see it, I was dead,” he said of his dramatic resuscitation. Mr Eren, 52, collapsed after having experienced acute chest pain which prompted him to cut short a family Father’s Day trip to Melbourne.

“It was a bit excruciating, it was like a samurai warrior with a sword trying to get out of your chest and an elephant sitting on it preventing him,” he said. He had felt guilty going straight to the window in the busy emergency waiting room but felt life literally slipping away as he awaited assessment.

“It just felt so scary, you feel so vulnerable, you feel exposed,” Mr Eren said. “You feel like you’re a bystander and that you can’t do anything even though you know that there’s this struggle of life and death going on within you. And your reinforcements are the nurses and the doctors and the medications that you get to make you survive through this.”

A scan showed one of Mr Eren’s artereies was about 90% blocked.

Cardiologist calls for mandatory CPR training in schools

Professor Chris Semsarian is a cardiologist with a specific research focus in the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease.

A focus area of his research is in the investigation and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, particularly amongst children and young adults.

Here he calls for mandatory CPR Training in schools around Australia.