18 Lives Saved – What a reason to celebrate!
Every time we hear of a save the team at Defib for Life are over the moon with excitement because it means that your Mum or Dad, son, daughter, cousin, best mate or valued volunteer at your sporting club is still here, living their life because there was a defibrillator near by to save their life.
These everyday people were participating in everyday activities when they had a sudden cardiac arrest. Without the use of an AED they wouldn’t be here today to celebrate the festive season with their family and friends.
Here are some of their stories
- In January a Cardiac Science G5 unit was used on a 52 year old male at the Caulfield RSL. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital where they were able to monitor his recovery. The ambos took the AED unit with them to the hospital and the medical staff were able to download the crucial data that was recorded by the unit. This enabled them to assist him to get back to good health more quickly.
- Another January save, this time at the Garfield Golf Course where a male golfer collapsed whilst playing golf with his brother and some mates. One of the mates ran to get the Cardiac Science G5 unit located in the club house, his brother started CPR whilst the other mate called 000. The AED was used successfully. They opened the lid, followed the recorded instructions and shocked the patient. When the ambulance arrived they were able to stabilise him and transfer him to hospital.
He is now out playing golf again.
- The St Ives Soccer Club has certainly had its ups and downs. One of their members had not survived a SCA in 2015 as they didn’t have a defibrillator on hand. After raising funds (and awareness) they purchased a defibrillator through Defib For Life. This year that unit was used on a young male player successfully.
“It was wonderful to see that a life could be saved because of the fundraising efforts from St Ives, quick awareness on the day and the awareness of what had happened to Emin. Had Emin’s tragedy not occurred, the events of a few weeks ago may not have had such a lifesaving ending.” Mrs Rufati, wife of Emin Rufati.
- A 15 year old male working at a McDonalds in Dandenong would not be alive today if it were not for his quick thinking young colleagues. They knew where the AED was located, they followed the instructions and they were able to save their friend. Many people aren’t aware that young, fit people can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. It currently claims the life of 2 -3 kids each year. In this case the story had a great outcome and the young man can enjoy the holidays with his mates.
If you know of a story and would like to share it with us, please email us – firstname.lastname@example.org
We never hope that an AED needs to be used; what we do hope for is that if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest, there is an AED nearby to be able to save their life. The only thing that re-starts the heart is a defibrillator. Make sure you know where the closest one is in your community.