Life saved at England match
AS football fans all over Europe eye up
international relations between clubs in the Euro 2008 action, a
young London mum has been telling how she and a fellow first aider
saved the life of an Italian footballer.
Laura Denton, 29, was on duty as a St John
Ambulance volunteer at a friendly football match between England
and Italy when one man collapsed to the ground, clutching his
The recent event, staged at St Mary’s College
for players aged 55 and over, had attracted a large crowd from the
Sometime into the match, a man was spotted
clutching his heart, before falling to the ground.
'I was on duty at the game with 17-year-old
Cadet Ben Nicholson, and we saw the incident unfolding in front of
us,' said Laura.
'We ran over to the man and discovered that he
wasn’t breathing and had no pulse at all. I started
immediately and Ben
called for an ambulance.'
St John Ambulance is a great organisation. 'I’ve really enjoyed being part of it and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of volunteering in some capacity.
Volunteer first aider
Laura, who has been a member of St John
Ambulance London (Prince of Wales’s) District for a year, continued
while the ambulance crew arrived. The
paramedic team continued to treat the patient and took him away
from the scene to receive further care at hospital.
It later transpired that the man’s arteries
were 95 per cent blocked – leading to a significant heart
'We stayed at the scene of the match and were
really pleased when the ambulance crew drove back to tell us that
the man was sitting up in bed at hospital and had clearly been very
lucky,' added Laura, who is also a healthcare assistant.
Days after the incident, Laura and Ben were
further applauded for their efforts when friends of the casualty
turned up at their divisional headquarters to thank them for their
'That was entirely unexpected,' said Laura.
'We were given a card and flowers and the friend told us that the
patient was now well recovered after his heart attack and had
returned to his home in Italy.'
Laura joined St John Ambulance’s Teddington
Division because she has a great interest in caring for other
people and hopes to one day follow in her father’s footsteps of
being a paramedic.
'St John Ambulance is a great organisation,'
she said. 'I’ve really enjoyed being part of it and would highly
recommend it to anyone who is thinking of volunteering in some