Chance survival of cyclist following cardiac arrest brings defibrillator to Sedgefield
Locals rally to buy life-saving machine
Residents in Sedgefield have celebrated the installation of a
public defibrillator in the village following a year-long
The machine - which is very easy to use - can shock a cardiac
arrest's patient heart back into rhythm.
Local people decided to buy one for Sedgefield after keen
cyclist Barry Watson suffered a coronary while cycling in March
Fortunately, a passer-by who knew how to deliver CPR saw what
happened and was able to pump Barry's heart until a NEAS ambulance
crew arrived at the scene.
Barry has since made a full recovery.
When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR
or defibrillation reduces survival chances by 10%.
Barry said: "When I collapsed I was extremely lucky that someone
who knew how to perform CPR was passing, particularly as there was
no defibrillator nearby. It's great that Sedgefield now has its own
defibrillator in such a prominent and central location.
"In an emergency the defibrillator can be accessed by a quick
999 call. The caller will be given a log-on number to use on the
machine, and then it's ready. It's very easy to use, and there are
also audio instructions that played from the defibrillator. It's
now vital that we make sure as many people as possible in the local
community know about it."
The device has been installed on Sedgefield Surgery Wall in the
centre of the village.
Funding for the defibrillator came from Sedgefield Village
Games, Sedgefield Rotary, Ladies Escape, Right Lines
Communications, Sedgefield Squash Club, Sedgefield Harriers and
Simon Hill, Secretary of the Sedgefield Village Games, said:"
Along with North East Ambulance Service and Sedgefield Surgery, we
would now like to use this occasion as a platform for improving
general first aid skills in the area, and train as many residents
as possible so that they know how to use it if required."