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Doctor, Dentist & Friends Save Squash Player at Club

Posted by cocreator on December 06, 2013
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A Liverpool squash player who suffered a heart attack on court thanked his pals for saving his life after they used a defibrillator machine to revive him.


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Geoff Wood, who collapsed during a singles match on court two at Aigburth Road’s Liverpool Cricket Club, said he “owes his life” to those that resuscitated him and to the machine which gave his heart a crucial rhythm again.

The 66-year-old, who is originally from Aigburth and now lives in Formby, had just took a shot in a match for Formby Squash Club against Liverpool South Squash Club’s Ozzie Omar when he blanked out, fell to the ground and cut his head on the court.

Geoff Wood (center) the Survivor with Sean O'Hara & David Graham the Saviours

Geoff Wood (center) the Survivor with Sean O’Hara & David Graham the Saviours

Speke dentist Sean O’Hara, who had been marking the North West Counties League western section match from the court balcony, ran for the premises defibrillator machine while squash player Steve Copplehouse began to carry out CPR.

As paramedics raced to the club, member and senior Merseyside doctor Professor David Graham was on hand to ensure that CPR was being carried out properly.

Geoff said: “I wouldn’t be here if it was not for the defibrillator machine being on the premises and if everyone that saved me were not trained properly. I owe them all my life.

“Sean and Steve ensured that I got oxygen to my brain and Sean used the defibrilator. I wouldn’t be here if it was not for them and David. I couldn’t have asked for a better response. They were all brilliant.

“All I remember is playing and then waking up in the Royal hospital’s coronary care unit three hours later. I was in hospital for 13 days and the staff there were brilliant too.

“It’s important that clubs have the machines because they save people’s lives and my club in Formby will be getting one in a couple of months. I’m ok now and I had a pacemaker fitted in November at Broadgreen hospital to help fire a current across my heart if it happened again.”

Sean said the equipment was easy to use.

He added: “I checked that Geoff had a pulse and he was breathing. The machine is great because it tells you what to do. The two patches were placed on him and the machine revived Geoff by firing a current across the heart. It put his heart back into rhythm.”

Professor Graham and Liverpool GP John Hussey wanted to get the defibrillator onto their club’s premises after a member has an arrest at the venue.

And now the club is hoping to get another defibrillator machine installed near the venue’s cricket pitch.

Professor Graham said: “We saw the benefit in having a defibrillator and it saved Geoff. It’s fantastic that Geoff is ok now.

“We want another machine and to get more people trained up in how to use it because it’s life-saving equipment. Every squash club should have them. Modern defibrillators are so easy to use.”

A campaign to get the defibrillators into public places gathered pace after the tragic death of Childwall youngster Oliver King, who died when his heart stopped as he swam in the pool at King David high school in March, 2011.

The OK Foundation, supported by the ECHO’s Heartbeat campaign, was set up in memory of the 12-year-old and it believes that a defibrillator would have saved the life of the sports-mad youngster.

Oliver’s father Mark King said: “The club was aware of the campaign and got themselves a defibrillator. We were booked in to go down and train them how to use it and maybe supply them with another one when the gentleman took ill.

“They managed to use it and saved his life, but they rang us up afterwards and said ‘We definitely need that other one now, we’ve just had to use the first one!’

“The fact that a life has been saved by awareness of the need for defibrillators in public places and sports centres is fabulous news, but it also should remind us all that any one of us could one day need a defibrillator nearby to save our own or someone else’s life.”

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Health Club Employees Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on April 04, 2013
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Anne Arundel County fire officials are crediting the quick work of two health club employees with saving a Pasadena man’s life Friday morning in Millersville.


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The incident took place shortly before 8 a.m. at the Severna Park Raquetball and Fitness Club, located in the 8500 block of Veterans Highway. Fire officials said a 72-year-old man collapsed while playing racquetball. Employees Kevin Davis and Chuck Newby found the man not breathing and without a pulse.

Davis began CPR as Newby assisted, fire officials said.

The employees then applied a shock using a Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, to the man with no response.

Within two minutes of the call, firefighter Lt. Brian Mayers, who was on duty in the area responded to the club. Mayers took over CPR from Davis as a second shock was applied to the man.

Eventually, the man regained a pulse and began breathing and subsequently regained consciousness, fire officials said.

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Health Club Employees Save Tennis Player

Posted by cocreator on March 17, 2010
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I am a manager at ClubSport Fremont. We are a high-end fitness resort located just off I-880. We have about 6,000 members and 230 employees. On March 5, for about 30 minutes, our management team was in crisis mode because of a fallen member.

A code 50 was called to a tennis court for a dizzy member.

As I arrived on the scene, the member was laying on the bench and looked disoriented. I told another employee to call 911.

Just as we had got a towel for his head, he started to grab his chest, started moaning, turning purple and his legs and arms seemed to lock up. He was having a heart attack.

I yelled to another employee to run and grab the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) unit, while another employee handed me the CPR mask. I pulled off his shirt as another manager arrived.

The member’s eyes had rolled back in his head and he was motionless. I was very scared.

One employee began chest compressions while I alternated with CPR breathing.

The AED unit arrived and we set it up to use. The system said “shock advised,” and “step away from the patient.” Another employee pressed the button and we shocked the member. His chest literally lifted off the ground and his heart started beating again, but his breathing was shallow and soon disappeared.

We started compressions and CPR breathing again. After a few minutes that seemed like an eternity, the AED unit said “shock advised” again.

Another manager and I looked at each other and did what the AED said to do — we shocked him again. His body again lifted off the bench and his heart started beating. Once again, though, his breathing fell to nothing.

We started compressions and breathing again. I thought our member and friend was going to die right there on that bench.

The most amazing part was every time we shocked him and his heart started beating again and his breathing came back, the 10 or so tennis members started yelling to him, “Don’t give up!” “C’mon J, you can do it!” His wife, who had arrived on the scene, yelled to him “Don’t leave me, J! Don’t leave me!” It was almost like he heard them.

We started CPR yet again, and just as I felt like I was running out of breath, I looked up and saw walking toward us, America’s finest — the Fremont Fire Department.

We all moved out of the way and let them take over. They stabilized the member and later told us that had we not taken action, the member surely would have died on the tennis court.

He was taken to Washington Hospital and is going to be fine.

Self account by Mr Tony Young of Fremont. He has been employed by Leisure Sports, Inc., at ClubSport Fremont. He has been a manager at the Fremont property for 14 years.

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Cops Save Man in Gym

Posted by cocreator on October 06, 2008
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We will be reporting on lives saved around the world since our first documented life saved here in Singapore.Saturday, just after noon, police were called to a health club located on Progress Drive to assist “a fall victim who was not breathing.” “He was not breathing, and he did not have a pulse,” Salvatore said, as he recounted the dramatic incident.

However, Daniel Petrullis, an off-duty Middletown police officer, and Nicholas Demico, an off-duty juvenile facility guard, were working feverishly to administer CPR to the stricken man. McCarter, a three-year veteran of the force, grabbed the automatic external defibrillator from his cruiser, set up the device and administered one shock to the victim in an effort to re-start the man’s heart.

As a result of the shock, Petrullis, Demico and McCarter “were able to detect a faint pulse,” Salvatore said.

At this point, the three men were joined by Cromwell emergency medical technicians and, in short order, by Middlesex Hospital paramedics. Together, they helped load the victim into a waiting ambulance, where the EMTs and paramedics continued to work to stabilize the man’s tenuous condition. Once they felt they had done so, they raced to Middlesex Hospital, police said.

Salvatore praised McCarter for his coolness in administering the vital shock to the stricken man, and commended him “for a job well-done.”

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