Heart­felt ap­peal

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

CAR­DIAC ar­rest sur­vivor Gary Byrne owes his life to the avail­abil­ity of a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Mr Byrne was play­ing golf at Kwinana Golf Club last year when he col­lapsed while tak­ing a shot.

His friends came to his aid, pro­vid­ing CPR and fetch­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor from the club­house.

They ap­plied the pads and one shock restarted Mr Byrne’s heart.

Mr Byrne was taken to Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal by St John am­bu­lance and made a full re­cov­ery.

The 65-year-old is now back play­ing golf. He cred­its the ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor for sav­ing his life.

Mr Byrne is en­cour­ag­ing sport­ing and com­mu­nity groups to ap­ply for a Heart Grant. Not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in WA can ap­ply to re­ceive a pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tor and a stor­age cabi­net.

Af­ter a $1.3 mil­lion do­na­tion from Lot­tery­west, St John is rolling out the Heart Grant pro­gram.

The pro­gram will re­sult in an ex­tra 1000 de­fib­ril­la­tors in the com­mu­nity, in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity for by­standers to save a life in the event of a car­diac ar­rest.

St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Michelle Fyfe said St John was de­ter­mined for car­diac ar­rest sur­vival rates to im­prove in WA.

She said the key was more pub­lic ac­cess de­fib­ril­la­tors in the com­mu­nity.

To ap­ply, visit www.stjohn­heart­grant.com .au.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488924 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Gary Byrne, paramedic Khea Borkowski and Kwinana Golf Club mem­ber Bar­rie Quigley.

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