Padiham heart attack victim saved by new emergency equipment

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A Padiham man who suffered a heart attack saw his life saved with new emergency equipment funded by the town council.

The 55-year-old man fell ill with chest pains before he went into cardiac arrest.

But he was given life-saving CPR by volunteer Community First Responders using a specialist defibrillator which Padiham councillors paid for.

Matt Woods, a Community First Responder from Read who was sent to assist the man, said: “Along with my CFR colleague we got a call to attend a 55-year-old male in Padiham who was experiencing chest pain, who then went into cardiac arrest. We immediately started CPR and used the defibrillator to re-start his heart. This ultimately saved his life and he walked out of hospital three days later.”

Matt added, “It is not just down to us, it is down to the life-saving equipment we have to hand.”

The £2,000 kit contains a defibrillator, oxygen, bandages, a pulse oximeter, foil blankets and other medical essentials. It was donated jointly by Padiham Town Council and the Gawthorpe Ward Opportunities Fund from Councillors John Harbour, Andy Tatchell and Frank Cant.

Coun. Tatchell said: “If the kit has saved just one life then it has been extremely worthwhile.”

Jane Atkinson, Community Resuscitation Development Officer of the North West Ambulance Service, originally from Padiham, said: “It’s great news the council has donated money to provide the kit.

“The kit has already been used in two resuscitation cases which goes to show just how important they are.

“In cases of cardiac arrest it has been identified that early intervention can result in a significant increases the chances of survival.

“Community First Responders provide support to the North West Ambulance Service by attending serious and life threatening 999 calls in and around the community to provide the earliest possible intervention for patients in the first few minutes until the arrival of an ambulance.”

She added that volunteer Community First Responders were members of the public trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators and the treatment and control of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.

NWAS is looking to recuit more CFRs in Padiham, Burnley and the surrounding areas. The service also offers free two-hour “Heartstart courses” to provide groups and organisations with basic life support training and resuscitation techniques.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact 017720 904905 or visit www.nwas-responders.info.