Volunteers save life at Boxing Day football match
A football fan’s life was saved by the quick actions of St John
Ambulance volunteers at the Boxing Day football match at
During the match against Aston Villa and Arsenal, a man in his
50’s collapsed. St John Ambulance volunteers on duty at the ground
were called to the gentleman and arrived very shortly after.
Duty Manager Adam Williams said 'as soon as we arrived we found
we couldn’t get a response from the gentleman and established he
was not breathing and his heart was not beating. We immediately
started Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a defibrillator was
attached and was used to shock the man’s heart.'
'Shortly after the first shock the gentleman started breathing
again and the patient was taken by ambulance, with a paramedic and
doctor on board, to City Hospital in Birmingham who had been
pre-alerted to the patient’s arrival and serious condition. The
gentleman was sitting up talking shortly after his arrival at
Paul Bytheway, St John Ambulance Commissioner for Operations in
the West Midlands, said: 'In cases where someone has a cardiac
arrest – where the heart has stopped beating completely – time is
of the essence. The quick actions of the volunteers, and the
availability of a defibrillator saved the man’s life. Early
indications are that the gentleman is recovering well which is very
pleasing news for all involved'
St John Ambulance provides first aid and ambulance cover at all
football matches at Villa Park.