There are some days when you go to work and great news comes your way!
“It was 2pm on a Tuesday in January….the phone rang again – it had been ringing all day. This call was different.
It told me of a golfer who had been at the right place, at the right time to have a sudden cardiac arrest. Paul Miles, a local golfer was playing a round of golf with his brother when he collapsed. His brother John acted quickly….ripped open his shirt and started CPR! One of the other members of the “4” Kevin, called 000 and then the final bloke in this story Peter was running to get the defibrillator from the club house.
Peter arrived back in minutes, probably the fastest he had run since his high school days…but he then applied the defibrillator.
The ambulance arrived in time to find Paul with a heart rhythm – the shock from the AED had re-started the heart and he was transferred to hospital.
The Garfield Golf Club has been engaged for a long time with the local Bendigo Bank in Bunyip; it was the nearby branch that had donated the defibrillator.
I hung up the phone exhausted and with mixed emotions – exhilarated to hear about the save, in operations mode knowing we needed to replace the pads, but with a tear in my eye knowing that Paul would still be here with his family – and sooner rather than later, be back playing golf with his brother John.”