Riddells Creek couple catch up with ‘magnificent’ paramedics who saved man’s life

“This is a story of when help did arrive on time. The gentlemen had CPR  performed on him – the oxygenated blood was continuing its circulation to keep vital organs alive until defibrillation could occur – as that is the only thing that re-starts the heart. It’s a great story of survival, and it was the Ambos from my home town – read on!”

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Andrew White, Director Defib For Life (Former MICA Paramedic)  

Riddells Creek Couple

What a birthday present to receive!

Defib for Life received a call from the Macedon Ranges Council recently and they advised that on Monday 27th February (a day after what would have been Stephens 26th birthday) the AED at the Riddell’s Creek Leisure Centre was used at 11pm during a Volley Ball game. The lads were out playing their regular game with their mates – playing a game that they loved. But for John, this night was to change his life. Reasonably healthy, no sign of any heart condition, he collapsed on court – he had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

An off duty policeman jumped in as a lay person, a first responder at the scene the moment the patient collapsed, started performing CPR, and called for the AED which was installed at the Centre. Without re-starting the heart, John would not have been revived; the only thing that re-starts the heart, is an AED.

On Friday 3rd March Sue Buckman, Director of Defib For Life went to the Royal Melbourne Hospital to retrieve the AED unit to replace the pads and return it to the Riddell’s Creek Leisure Centre. Sue got to meet the survivor, John to pass on our best wishes for his speedy recovery.

St Ives Football Club tribute match

About 12 months ago Defib For Life was chatting to a very energetic and inspired committee member of the St Ives FC in western Sydney. There are many of you out there, the Mums and Dads, Aunts and Uncles, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s who spend hours at their kitchen tables, out on the weekends, pick ups and drop offs to help make local sporting clubs work. This time Penny Howell, former St Ives FC President, was on a mission to right a wrong. Because the club did not have a defibrillator on hand, they lost one of the seniors league players to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, because help was too far away.

“We are raising funds to purchase a number of AED’s for the Club and all its teams to ensure that when games are being played here, or teams are away, we will always be protected.”

Sue Buckman (Defib For Life Director) and Melissa Dunbar (Defib For Life Marketing and Communications) went to Sydney to support their fundraising activity for the weekend. They raised enough money for one unit and set off on their path to raise the rest.

The story below is about how they continue to raise awareness and funds, however the best news is that one of those units was used recently on a player – who is alive!!

Garfield Golf Club were rescue ready – are you?

Well, looks like 2017 could be the year!!!! Get ready to read on – this is the reason we get up and go to work each day, to deal with phone calls like this….please read on.

I have just spoken to the Garfield Golf Club in Victoria. They used their Cardiac Science G3 over a weekend during January….. and it was a success!!!!!  They are not sure of the age of the man, but he is believed to be in mid to late 50’s and was doing what many do when they come to the Club, enjoying a leisurely round of Golf.

The man simply collapsed; a member of the Club staff quickly ran to grab the AED from their front office and without hesitation opened the lid, followed the instruction and used the training that he remembered. The AED shocked the male, whilst the Ambulance was on the way; this was crucial. Ambulance Officers arrived, stabilised him and then transferred him to hospital.


News ALERT……….Just received a call from an RSL Club in Caulfield, they used their AED on a 52 year old male. He was taken to the Alfred Hospital and is recovering.

The Cardiac Science G5 has the inbuilt technology where the crucial data recorded during the life saving use can then be downloaded on a USB for the medical staff, who then use to more accurately continue their great work, getting patient back to good health more quickly.

The Ambo’s took the AED with them to the Alfred, to have the rescue data downloaded. The chap from the RSL rang me concerned however that they now have no AED and what if something else was to happen.

Chance encounter saves life on Serendipity Drive

Di Wilfschefski was walking on Serendipity Drive with a friend when she was struck down by a cardiac arrest. Although only 5 per cent survive a cardiac arrest in Australia, Di is still alive thanks to a series of fortunate events including some nurses being in the area, and a local Bendigo Bank having a community defibrillator.

“Di just called my name and grabbed her chest and collapsed, it was that quick,” Ms Ledden said. But Ms Wilschefski, 61, felt certain someone was watching over her that day.

View her remarkable story and the series of events that followed.

Saving lives on the sports field

The enormous growth in grass roots ‘masters’ sports is a healthy development for aging players but it also means more people may be at risk of having a heart attack while playing.

Three guests who’ve all been touched by tragedy of this kind are part of a campaign to save lives.

They want defibrillators in all local sports clubs.

Listen now to their stories.



What is an AED, and why are they vital in saving lives?

AED stands for‘ Automated External Defibrillator’, which is a device that detects lethal heart rhythms which stop the heart from pumping effectively, and then allows a rescuer to deliver a measured shock to a revert these rhythms, so the heart can pump effectively again.

  1. The only method available to revert lethal cardiac arrest rhythms is the use of a defibrillator e.g. AED.
  2. Statistically, for every minute lost without defibrillation, you lose 10% probability of saving a life (With good CPR you can extend this by several more minutes!)
  3. The ‘Average Ambulance Response Time in major metropolitan cities of Australia is approximately 16 minutes.
  4. If you apply a measured shock to a person’s heart, suffering a lethal rhythm within the first minute, they have a 70%chance of survival.

Are they safe to use?

Yes they are. The AED talks you through the process giving very simple directions on what to do and when.

Will I kill someone using a defibrillator?

No! AED’s will only deliver a shock to a heart if it detects a lethal rhythm via electrodes you stick to the person’s chest. These electrodes have sensors in them, and if they detect a normal heart rhythm they WILL NOT deliver a shock.

When do I use one?

You use a defibrillator when you need to undertake CPR, which is performed on an unconscious person who is not breathing normally e.g. regular, rhythmic breathing.

Carrum Bowling Club defibrillator saves cyclist’s life

When the Carrum Bowling Club bought a defibrillator two years ago, they thought it might help an ageing bowler succumbing to heat.

But a peninsula cyclist is a lucky beneficiary of the club’s foresight after suffering cardiac arrest in the right place at the right time.

“(We bought it) just because of the age of our members basically, our average age is about 70,” president Phil Kelly told Kate Stevenson and Peter Maher on 3AW Breakfast. “We’ve had quite a few people get affected by the heat.

“It brings home that there should be more of these around. “They would save more lives.”

Dom’s Doing Great!

Defib For Life have been following the progress of cyclist Dom from Waratah Masters CC who suffered a cardiac arrest while bike racing recently. Thanks to a cardiologist, a registered nurse, and a rider experienced with the defibrillator riding behind him and administering CPR almost immediately after falling, Dom survived.

Dom is now home with his family after having a pace maker fitted and is beginning to resume his life as normal.

His family are still amazed he is with them at all, thanks to  the brave rescuers for getting in and performing CPR whilst the AED was retrieved.

What a fantastic outcome.