THE lifesaving qualities of a having a defibrillator installed in a gym or fitness centre shined through in the story of David Glaze.
The 58 year old’s life was turned upside when he collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest at Etwall Leisure Centre last year.
However, off-duty paramedic Kerrie Webster and duty manager Phil Templer used a defibrillator on Mr Glaze to save his life.
Now, his story is being used as a shining example of why gyms across the area need to get behind the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign and potentially save a life.
Mr Templer said: “We invested in a defibrillator in 2008 to ensure we had everything we would need in place.
“Years down the line and that investment more than paid for itself.”
The survival rate of someone in cardiac arrest decreases by 14 per cent with every minute that passes, so prompt action is vital to keep them alive while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.
Miss Webster said: “I immediately identified that David was suffering a cardiac arrest and so while another player called 999, I started CPR.
“Within a few minutes Mr Templer arrived with a defibrillator which they keep at the centre.
“He followed my instructions and attached the defibrillator pads for me while I continued CPR.
“The machine analysed the rhythm of David’s heart and advised a shock, so Phil pressed the appropriate button and the shock was delivered.
“I commenced CPR and after a minute or so David had a return of spontaneous circulation meaning he started to breathe and show signs of life.“
Mr Glaze, from Hilton, was at the centre to play badminton with his son Paul.
David said: “Kerrie’s actions were supported by the leisure centre having a defibrillator already on site.
“I’ve spoken to people about my experience, including a school where I work and they are looking to get a defibrillator installed so they are equipped to deal with an emergency should it occur.”
The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and fighting for his life after suffering a cardiac arrest at a local gym.