Heart at­tack vic­tim a spe­cial guest at friendly

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - It’s Just Not Cricket - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk A Nepalese teenager who suf­fered a heart at­tack dur­ing a football match was the guest of hon­our at Ash­ford United at the week­end.

For­mer Ash­ford un­der-16s player Galbu Sherpa was at the Home­lands Sta­dium on Satur­day where he was able to thank the coaches and South East Coast Am­bu­lance Ser­vice who helped save his life.

He was forced to re­tire from football like ex-Bolton mid­fielder Fabrice Muamba, when aged just 15 he sud­denly col­lapsed and suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest in a match against Dover at Ken­ning­ton, on Oc­to­ber 7 last year.

It was only the prompt ac­tion of his coaches, Wes­ley Brown and Gra­ham Brooks, who were of­fi­ci­at­ing the game at the time, that saved his life by start­ing CPR be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rived.

The John Wal­lis Acad­emy pupil was later given two shocks with a de­fib­ril­la­tor and was suc­ces­fully re­sus­ci­tated be­fore be­ing taken to the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal.

Galbu un­der­went heart surgery where he was fit­ted with a de­fib­ril­la­tor im­plant at St Thomas Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don and has since re­tired from football.

He was the guest of hon­our at Ash­ford United’s pre-prea­son friendly with Gilling­ham on Satur­day, where he met the paramedics and an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) was do­nated to the club by SECamb. The equip­ment was pre­sented by para­medic Steve Bing­ham to Ash­ford United physio Alan Ors­bourne. It is hoped it will help save more lives in the fu­ture. SECamb emer­gency call ad­vi­sor Brian Cum­ming, who took the 999 call on the day, said: “I was de­lighted to meet Galbu and see first hand what an amaz­ing re­cov­ery he’s had. It was also great to meet ev­ery­one at the club who acted so quickly to come to his aid.

“It’s vi­tal that peo­ple know how to start CPR in the mo­ments be­fore our crews ar­rive. The swift ac­tions of ev­ery­one, and in par­tic­u­lar Gra­ham and Wes­ley, on the day en­sured Galbu was given the best pos­si­ble chance of sur­vival.”

Mr Bing­ham also pre­sented let­ters of thanks to Mr Brooks and Mr Brown from SECAmb chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Sut­ton thank­ing them and recog­nis­ing their cru­cial role in sav­ing Galbu’s life.

The pair re­ceived awards for their ac­tions from the Royal Hu­mane So­ci­ety (RHS) ear­lier in the year.

Mr Books said: “It was a real team ef­fort be­tween us and I just wanted to get across to­day that any­one can help save a life just with a lit­tle train­ing and putting it into prac­tice.”

For the match re­port see page 75.

Ash­ford youth team player Galbu Sherpa, who col­lapsed dur­ing a game last sea­son, is pre­sented with a de­fib­ril­la­tor by Steve Bing­ham

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