Players receive a lifesaver
PENZANCE Football Club has become the first in Cornwall to have a public access defibrillator, thanks to a donation from the company that manufactures them.
The latest piece of lifesaving equipment installed in west Cornwall is thanks to The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign, which is working alongside Penzance-based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) and aiming to get more public access defibrillators installed in local communities.
Now Belfast-based HeartSine Technologies, the company which has been supplying all the RRMC's defibrillators, has donated one to Penzance AFC for the annual RRMC football event at Penwith College.
The device, the same model used on Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba when he collapsed while playing, can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm if someone suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
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Survival rates with CPR alone are just 5 per cent but this can rise to 75 per cent when CPR is combined with the use of a defibrillator.
Declan O'Mahoney, chief executive of HeartSine Technologies, said the device donated, a HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P, was fully automated and would talk the first responder through the entire 'save' process, step by step, meaning it could be used by anyone, even with no first aid training.
"I'm delighted that HeartSine can support the RRMC and The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign in raising awareness of the importance of defibrillators, particularly within sporting organisations," he said. "I hope the device donated by HeartSine will not have to be used but that it provides peace of mind for all involved at Penzance AFC that the players, spectators, coaches and staff are protected should SCA occur."
Paul Williams, founder of the RRMC, said: "The automated external defibrillator (AED) for Penzance AFC is a massive step forward in the protection against sudden cardiac death in football.
"The world watched in horror live in the stadium and on television last year as Fabrice Muamba collapsed with SCA while playing in an FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur.
"A readily available AED undoubtedly saved his life and sent a clear message to all sports that having the lifesaving equipment is vital.
"All sports should have one. Sporting bodies, schools and communities are invited to get involved and secure essential AED equipment through the rapidly expanding RRMC/Cornishman HeartStart Cornwall AED programme."
HeartSine Technologies is the only company designing, developing and manufacturing AEDs in the UK or Ireland and its defibrillators are used in more than 40 countries and manufactured in more than 20 languages.
To find out more, to donate or learn how to obtain a defibrillator for your community, contact Mr Williams on 01736 360864 or 07581 188043 or e-mail paulwilliams29@ live.co.uk or email@example.com