15 year old saved by his quick thinking work colleagues

Every time we hear of a save the team at Defib for Life are over the moon with excitement because it means that a family member, or best mate, or a staff member at a workplace is still here, and now has the capacity to go on living their life because there was a defibrillator nearby.

In March 2017 a 15 year old teenager working at a McDonalds in outer Melbourne was saved by his quick thinking young colleagues after he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

They knew where the AED was located, they opened it up and followed the instructions that the fully automatic external defibrillator gives you and they were able to save their friend.

This young man had an underlying heart condition, that like so many, goes undetected until that person has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Many people aren’t aware that young, fit people can and do suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In this case the story had a great outcome and the young man is back enjoying life with his family and his mates.

Thank goodness the management in this business structure had the forthought to ensure that their work place was rescue ready in the case of an emergency. Is yours?

Be prepared for any emergency and be rescue ready. Contact Sue and had a chat to see how you can ensure your work place is rescue ready, she has some really helpful tips!


It’s always nice to hear some positive feedback and to hear that you have made a difference to someone’s life. Defib For life would like to thank the Blaxland Football Club for their kind words.

“I’d like to thank Sue and her team on the amazing work they do.  We received the government grant for 1/2 of the cost of a new AED however we had many questions.

Sue took the time to run through everything with us, we then placed our order with her and received it 2 days later.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Defib For Life to anyone considering an AED purchase.”

Steve Myhill
Blaxland Football Club

The NSW Government is offering a Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocating $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This Grant Program provides NSW sports clubs like Blaxland Football Club the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Contact us to find out when the next round opens in 2018 and how we can help you choose the right EAD for you.

Defibrillator donated to Boweya Fire Brigade

Defib For Life was pleased to be able to donate a defibrillator to the Boweya Fire Brigade recently after their unit was stolen.

Sue Buckman, director of Defib For Life realises the importance of having defibrillators in regional areas. Having this new defibrillator on site gives everyone in the community a better chance of survival.

The Boweya Fire Brigade have generously given Defib For Life a $1000 donation – thank you!

Penshurst footy player revived after cardiac arrest at training

A young Penshurst Football Club player has been saved with the use of a defibrillator after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at training last week. What makes it feel extra special for us is that the unit that was used in the rescue was supplied to the Club in 2012 by Defib For Life.

Penshurst president Brenden Cottrill said the use of the defibrillator and swift medical action “saved Luke’s life”.

Is your Club rescue ready?

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.

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter. The Defib For Life team hope everyone has a lovely Easter long weekend with family, friends and too much chocolate and hot cross buns.

Ambulance Victoria searches for 15,000 ‘hidden’ defibrillators

Ambulance Victoria is urging local clubs, schools and other organisations to register their defibrillator machines. It’s quick and it’s easy and it will help save lives. Read how Ambulance Victoria is searching for 15,000 “hidden” defibrillators in Victoria.

VICTORIANS could help save a life at the click of a button under a new campaign from Ambulance Victoria.

Up to 15,000 defibrillators are believed to be “hidden” in private buildings across the state, but authorities had no way to track them, until now. Homeowners, businesses and schools are being urged to register their defibrillators online to create a map of the state’s hidden devices. New smartphone technology will give the public and emergency services access to the map.

Heart attack patients are far more likely to live if a defibrillator is used in the minutes following cardiac arrest. Heart attack patients have a 62 per cent greater chance of survival if a defibrillator is used before an ambulance arrives.

Ambulance Victoria chief executive Associate Professor Tony Walker said the campaign would save lives.

“In locations like corporate offices, gyms and bowls clubs across the state, for every lifesaving defibrillator in the community we know about, there are four we don’t,” he said.

“Imagine what the map of Victoria might look like if every defibrillator in the area was registered and could be connected with someone in a life-threatening situation — your defibrillator could be the one that saves a life.”

Angelo from Canberra

Several years ago, Angelo from Canberra saw a man collapse while he was out walking with a friend. Quickly realising something was wrong; he alerted staff at a nearby club who called an ambulance. The man died and Angelo believes the outcome could’ve been different if CPR had been administered and a defibrillator was available.

It made him wonder about the availability of defibrillators across the city.

He reached out to find out more, asking:

“How is the location advertised? Are licensed clubs, hotels, cinemas and other venues of high patronage mandated to carry a defibrillator?”

Tracking down the exact location of some of the city’s defibrillators was tricky – here’s what he found out:

Finding defibrillators

  • It’s difficult to determine the exact number and location of AEDs as registering them is optional.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are looking at building a map that captures all AEDs, regardless of where they’re bought.
  • Finding a defibrillator in an emergency is easier if you know what to look for. Most of the time they will be in places where people can see them and where people gather, such as swimming pools, food courts, and staffed locations such as a concierge or security desk.
  • There is no mandatory legislation requiring workplaces or venues to have an AED. What is required is first aid equipment, and someone who is trained to administer it. In addition to this, the Work Health and Safety (First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice) 2015 advises that an AED is useful but leaves it up to business owners to decide whether to purchase and install one.

A pledge

The Canberra Liberals believe there should be more publicly available defibrillators, and pledged to fund 24 new AEDs as part of their 2016 election campaign. Alistair Coe, ACT Opposition Leader, says the proposal still stands.

“We think there is a need for an information campaign to let people know that the defibrillators are accessible, and that there should be more of them around town,” he said. “24 [new defibrillators] should just be the beginning, and I hope that the government takes it on board and rolls out many more,” he said.

While Angelo was appreciative of the answers that were found, he’s still hoping that more can be done. “Someone’s got to be accountable… for what is available for a life or death situation,” he said.

Who asked the question?

Angelo has lived in Canberra since 1964 and thinks the city is still one the nation’s best kept secrets, with its city and county lifestyle. He enjoys walking his kelpie and attending sheepdog training classes in Bungendore.