Sue was recently contacted by one of our supporters who, after reading our recent stories on the lives that were saved with the use of an AED, wanted to share one of her own.
“Whilst watching my son (24yrs) play outdoor soccer last year on a Sunday, an opposition team member (approx 50 years old) collapsed during the play. Several on-lookers, including myself, went to his aid. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily, the soccer ground was located inside a private college in Mt Eliza and they had several AED machines on-site. 000 operators where able to direct us to locate a machine, which we used twice. When the MICA unit arrived on scene, the gentleman was conscious. I met with the player, 6 weeks later, after he had undergone a triple by-pass.
One of the by-standers, a female soccer player, who performing CPR was a paramedic. In the weeks after this event, she held an informal CPR & Defib info session for the team members, which turned out to be very useful.
Later in the year, my son was playing soccer, this time in Dandenong, for a different team. Again, a team member collapsed (22 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest and required an AED to be administered. Thankfully the sporting facility had a defibrillator available and the young man was successfully resuscitated, before ambulance officers arrived on scene.
Witnessing two events in one year for my son, is quite amazing and thankfully because AED’s where available, the outcome on both days was positive.”
If you have a story to share let us know and we will help spread the word of how Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) save lives!