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The Carrum Bowling Club’s foresight to purchase a defibrillator unit has paid off, after its members used it to save the life of a passing cyclist. When Carrum Bowling Club purchased a defibrillator, their initial thoughts were that if it was going to be used, it would be for one of their bowlers who had succumbed to the heat.

But a peninsula cyclist was the beneficiary of the club’s foresight to invest in the live-saving equipment, after suffering a cardiac arrest near the club.

Reported by 3AW Melbourne, the man was riding past the club, which is situated 33km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district, when he suffered the attack and fell from his bike. Bowls clubs members noticed motorists performing CPR on the man and sprang into action. A first-aid trained bowler kept the cyclist alive with the defibrillator until paramedics arrived.

According to Red Cross Australia, defibrillators are crucial to save a life prior to ambulance arrival, with the best chance of survival for those experiencing cardiac arrest being effective CPR combined with early defibrillation.

The cyclist was placed in an induced coma and taken to hospital where it was discovered a major artery was 99 per cent closed. After a stent operation and two weeks in intensive care, the man last week went home, where he is still recovering. The quick-thinking use of the defibrillator has been credited for saving the man’s life. It was the first time the defibrillator had been used since it was purchased by the club.

“(We bought it) just because of the age of our members basically, our average age is about 70,” Carrum president Phil Kelly told presenters Kate Stevenson and Peter Maher on 3AW Breakfast.

“We’ve had quite a few people get affected by the heat.

“It brings home that there should be more of these around.

“They would save more lives.”

Click here to find out how your club can acquire a defibrillator device at the discounted price.

Source: Bowls Australia

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