How tragic to hear the news of the young Congolese footballer who collapsed during Bolton Wanderers game against Spurs. Like everyone else I l really hope he'll make it.
I gather he received defibrillator treatment twice on the pitch. I hope he received the treatment early enough because time is of the essence. I spoke to a representative of the Resuscitation Council today who say that if you receive defib treatment within 3 minutes of cardiac arrest, that you have up to a 75% chance of healthy survival. The success rate is dramatically reduced after that time.
I mention this because I was in email correspondence with my gym today. It is a well known national chain and they inform me that none of their gyms have a defibrillator. They tell me that they have had a risk assessment and have been graded as 'low'. I'm a little concerned at this, not least because about 5 years ago at the gym I resuscitated a man who collapsed whilst on a treadmill. He survived and subsequently had an implantable defibrillator fitted. Community resuscitation is rarely successful and especially without a defib machine. So it was a real joy for me to know that he recovered well and it was touching to receive a note of thanks form his grateful wife.
I gather all Marks and Spencer and John Lewis stores have defibs. Surely of all place gyms should have them too. When I was present at the gym at the time the man collapsed, the young staff were like the proverbial headless chickens and assumed that the man in question had simply fainted. I understand that their training is in simple first aid which would include only a fairly basic understanding of diagnosis and resuscitation training.
And listening to an interview from a concerned representative of the Players Football Association, it was interesting to hear in his last remark that he was praying for Muamba. I couldn't help reflecting how counter-cultural such a statement is (especially on the BBC) when just about everything else in the media is so scornful and cynical of religion in general and Christianity in particular.
No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.
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