Hero of the heart

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

WANNANUP man Matt Camp­bell has been recog­nised as an Aussie Heart Hero for sav­ing the life of some­one suf­fer­ing a sud­den car­diac ar­rest.

Mr Camp­bell’s story cen­tres on an emer­gency at Perth Do­mes­tic Air­port.

He was check­ing in when some­one sud­denly ap­proached him and asked for help with a 50-year old man who had col­lapsed nearby and struck his head.

Mr Camp­bell rushed to observe the man’s state and de­ter­mined he was in car­diac ar­rest.

To­gether with Qan­tas staff, he lo­cated and re­trieved a de­fib­ril­la­tor, which he ap­plied, and with the help of by­standers pro­vided CPR and one shock to the man.

Much to Mr Camp­bell’s re­lief, the man started to show signs of life.

They rolled him into a re­cov­ery po­si­tion and waited for the am­bu­lance.

Later that night, St John con­tacted Mr Camp­bell and told him the man had sur­vived and was sit­ting up in hos­pi­tal talk­ing.

The Aus­tralian Hearts cam­paign is shin­ing a light on Mr Camp­bell as part of its push to get more de­fib­ril­la­tor in the com­mu­nity.

Visit www.aus­tralian­hearts.com/aussiehearthero.

Matt Camp­bell

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