Fresh calls for defibrillator at Churchdown
HIGH-PROFILE incidents of heart attacks on the sports field have prompted youth leaders in Churchdown to press for better pitchside first-aid equipment.
Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba almost died when his heart stopped during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham earlier this year. He was saved by a pitch-side defibrillator and expert care from first-aiders on the scene.
The incident was similar to one at playing fields in Churchdown in 2005. Striker Mike Mulraney, 44, suffered a heart attack and died while playing for Churchdown Parish FC.
Fresh calls have now been made for the Churchdown community to get behind a fundraising effort to pay for a defibrillator to serve the John Daniel playing fields.
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Councillor Bill Whelan says the equipment has proved crucial and could help save lives.
"We have seen how important this kit is and we need to have something for the community to use when someone is in trouble," he said. "This area is very well used by people of all ages for sport and recreation. It is not just about training people up, but getting the specialist equipment in place so it can be used when needed.
"There have been incidents in the past when had a defibrillator been available, lives could have been saved and that is very sad."
Memorial matches for Mike Mulraney have been held regularly since 2006, helping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
Mr Whelan now hopes the community can come up with new fundraising ideas to pay for a defibrillator and training that could cost thousands.
"If it is permanently at the GL3 Hub, the community and emergency services will know it is there if needed."