De­fib­ril­la­tor roll-out saves a life

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ONE of the Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors in­stalled by Dubbo-based Red Cross first aid trainer Ge­orge Chap­man has al­ready saved a life.

ONE of the Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tors in­stalled by Dubbo-based Red Cross first aid trainer Ge­orge Chap­man has al­ready saved a life.

A man in his for­ties was brought back to life af­ter suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest while play­ing cricket with his son.

“A fel­low was play­ing cricket down at the John Mcgrath cricket field and he just col­lapsed,” Mr Chap­man told Dubbo Photo News.

“Luck­ily, one of the Coun­cil fel­lows was there and he was able to get the AED and put it on him and one shock and he was back.”

Mr Chap­man is the brains be­hind the in­stal­la­tion of AED ma­chines in strate­gic places around Dubbo, in­spired af­ter he trav­elled to Singapore and no­ticed them on every street cor­ner there.

“I have been telling peo­ple for yonks about how good these ma­chines are and how they do save lives and all the rest of it in first aid cour­ses, and when I saw them in Singapore I just thought, ‘Why don’t we do it? There is no rea­son why we can’t.’”

There are now over one hun­dred AEDS, which are roughly $3000 each, in Dubbo su­per­mar­kets, chemists, restau­rants, cof­fee shops, ho­tels, pubs and even Myer.

“They are roughly about two min­utes apart,” Mr Chap­man ex­plained.

Recog­nised for his ef­forts, Mr Chap­man has re­ceived a Dubbo Day award, he was named Dubbo’s 2019 Cit­i­zen of the Year, and re­cently re­ceived a Paul Har­ris Fel­low from the Ro­tary Club.

But the none of the ac­co­lades com­pare to keep­ing some­one alive.

“Fair dinkum, those awards are fan­tas­tic to have but they’re noth­ing like sav­ing that one life,” he said.

As well as Dubbo, Mr Chap­man has in­stalled AEDS in Trangie and Gil­gan­dra and is now turn­ing his at­ten­tion to Welling­ton.

He also hopes to raise an­other $1400 to in­stall one last ma­chine in the Dubbo Neigh­bour­hood Centre.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers can do­nate to the ini­tia­tive by visit­ing the Re­gional Aus­tralia Bank in Mac­quarie Street.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Ge­orge Chap­man has helped in­stall more than a hun­dred life-sav­ing AEDS around Dubbo, Welling­ton and fur­ther afield.

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