Kerang Football Player saved by defibrillator

A Kerang football player has been successfully revived after being shocked twice with a defibrillator that was on hand at the Balranald Football Club. Patrick Featonby, a PE teacher at the local school, collapsed during the first quarter of the Central Murray Football League match.

Due to the quick thinking trainers, from both team sides, who had been trained on how to use the defibrillator, they were able to revive the 20 year old who is now recovering in a Melbourne hospital.

League chairman John Brookshaw said all Central Murray clubs have defibrillators following the death of a player eight years ago.

“Woorinen’s Nathan Cameron, 19, died in hospital after he collapsed on field in 2010.

The family started an initiative to have all clubs have defibrillators, and got sponsorship … the league put money into it and all our clubs now have defibrillators.

At the time we thought this is going to be an expensive option, however we actually have used them.”

Dylan Roberton St Kilda defender released from hospital

St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton has been released from the Geelong hospital after his sudden collapse during the AFL game against Geelong on Sunday.

He went through tests for an irregular heartbeat, a symptom of a potential sudden cardiac arrest. Dylan is one of the lucky ones – he was able to get up and walk away.

As a follow up story from last weeks, this is another timely warning that sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate.

So many fit and healthy athletes have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during times of physical activity and have not survived; most recently the 23 year old Belgium cyclist Michael Goolaerts who died mid-race during the Paris-Roubaix race.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest doesn’t discriminate. That’s why Defib For Life encourage everyone to have a conversation with your team at work, your team on the sports field, your team in the community to get defibrillators out there, registered and ready to assist in an emergency.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes

The commonwealth Games have started and the elite athletes have gathered in the Gold Coast to show the world what they can achieve.
While some people think that athletes are elite human beings, they are at the same time just that—human beings. They can quickly suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and other heart related issues as others.

In football, there was Marc-Viven Foe, the 28-year-old who was representing his native Cameroon when he slumped in the centre circle of the pitch during a match at the 2003 Confederations Cup. Basketball fans long remember the story of Hank Gathers, a prominent college player who had just scored on a dunk before he collapsed to the floor. There are many other names: the footballer Cheick Tiote, the NBA star Reggie Lewis, baseball pitcher Darryl Kile, figure skater Sergei Grinkov. Their stories are a reminder that cardiac risk affects everyone, even the physically healthy and athletically gifted.

Although rare, sudden cardiac death in athletes is important because of its impact within both the sporting community and the general community.

The widely held perception is that athletes represent examples of health and vitality, so the sudden cardiac death of an athlete can evoke strong emotions and disbelief.

The good news is that a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested with the immediate use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Click here to listen to Professor Christopher Semsarian an internationally renowned cardiologist and scientist studying genetic heart disease and sudden death, speaking about the prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in athletes.