Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Football chairman kicks into life-saving action

A football club chairman used his first aid skills to save the life of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest near a naturist beach.

Father-of-three David Warren, 47, was trained in CPR through his role as chairman of Milton and Fulston FC in Sittingbourne, Kent.

He performed the technique for the first time on Roger White, 60, after he collapsed and swallowed his tongue in nearby Leysdown on Sunday (July 22nd).

He said: “I had been out for a walk along the beach with my wife, just enjoying the sunshine and watching the world go by, when I heard a woman shouting for help.

“I could see that someone had collapsed and my first thought was that he had tripped over and hurt himself. He wasn’t breathing and had swallowed about 70% of his tongue.

“The first thing I did was get his tongue out of his airway and get him prepared for CPR, then got his airways open.

“You have to have a certain level of emergency first aid but this is the first time I’ve had to use it for something like this.”

David and another passer-by successfully resuscitated Roger before land paramedics arrived and gave him oxygen.

He was then treated by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor Ed Denison-Davies and critical care paramedic Jez Loseby.

Roger, from Gravesend, was flown by the charity helicopter to a specialist coronary unit and later transferred to his local A&E at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

Dr Denison-Davies said: “This shows the value of the general public being trained in CPR because it can make a real difference. If someone is in cardiac arrest, CPR must begin as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome.”

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