Nineteen year-old Stephen Buckman went to footy training as usual. After the session, he felt so ill, he collapsed in the change room.
An off-duty firie, a paramedic and doctor all tried to resuscitate him but the only thing that would have worked was a defibrillator.
The ambulance was 22 minutes away. Stephen’s condition kills in ten. And it did.
Stephen was one of tens of thousands of people in Australia going about their daily lives unaware they have an underlying heart condition that could lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest isa medical emergency of the highest priorityand it does not discriminate.It can and does affect people of all ages, and can be triggered by high levels of activity, like when you’re playing sport.
The good news is that a Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be arrested with the immediate use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.