THE role that a defibrillator played in reviving a cricketer who collapsed on the pitch shows how vital the devices can be, according to ambulance bosses.
East Midlands Ambulance Service, along with senior figures within the game, praised the devices and urged all sporting venues to get them installed after one was used to restart the heart of Rolleston player Ian Wakefield, who took ill during a game against Sawley & Long Eaton Park.
The drama came only weeks after the Mail launched its Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign to encourage sites ranging from gyms and schools to sports venues to get the lifesaving equipment installed.
Rolleston Cricket Club chairman Bob James said: “The work that the ambulance crew did was fantastic with the defibrillator. That, along with the efforts of opposing team players, made sure that Ian is still with us today.”
The incident took place during a match between Rolleston’s second XI and Sawley & Long Eaton Park on Saturday.
The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and seriously ill when he suffered a cardiac arrest as he was working out at a local gym.
The effort has now been backed by MPs, businesses, gyms and charities.
Even Prime Minister David Cameron, during a visit to Molson Coors in Burton, took time out to praise the campaig, describing it as ‘vital’.
A defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established.
The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest.
Administering correct care within two to three minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest increases the survival rate to 75 per cent.
Pete Winson, paramedic and community defibrillation officer for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), said: “When it comes to cardiac arrest seconds count, and the use of a defibrillator can save a life.”