Heart attack victim a special guest at friendly
firstname.lastname@example.org 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