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Cardiac arrest survivor to be reunited with lifesavers at CPR training day

18 September 2017

Steve and club staffA Kent man will be reunited with the ambulance crews and others who helped save his life at a CPR training day at the gym where he suffered a cardiac arrest in June.

Steve Beal, 47, from Kings Hill, who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at David Lloyd Kings Hill, on 26 June, will meet with ambulance crews and club staff as part of the day, which has been organised and will be hosted by the club on Sunday 24 September.

The quick thinking and actions of Steve’s training partner, Matt Carter, and club staff, saw Steve receive immediate life-saving CPR and a shock with a defibrillator in the moments before SECAmb clinician Phil Parrish arrived at the scene.

Phil was joined by colleagues and the air ambulance service as the resuscitation continued and the team worked together to stabilise Steve before he was taken to William Harvey Hospital where he received emergency treatment to fit two stents.

“The first thing I remember is waking up the next morning in hospital with friends telling me what had happened,” said Steve. “At first I didn’t believe a word of it. It was just incredible what everyone did. I’m so grateful. From the first moments and treatment I received from the staff to the ambulance crews and my treatment at hospital. Every breath I take now is a bonus.”

The training, which Steve was delighted to support, takes place over four one hour sessions – 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3.30pm – and is aimed at anyone aged over 16.

At a cost of £10 per person, all money raised will go towards funding a new Public Access Defibrillator for Kings Hill area.

Phil Parrish said: “Everyone involved is looking forward to meeting Steve again. The action of everyone at the scene prior to our arrival was vital in giving him the best chance of survival and shows how important it is that people take the opportunity to learn CPR. We’re really pleased to be helping to deliver the training, the importance of which is only magnified by Steve’s involvement.”

To find out more about the training and book a place please contact David Lloyd Kings Hill on 0345 129 6797 or visit the club reception.

Steve is also adding his support to Restart a Heart, which takes place next month. The Europe-wide initiative will see SECAmb staff, volunteers and fellow clinicians teach life-saving CPR skills to some 13,000 young people in the week leading up to Restart a Heart day on 16 October.

Steve added: “Restart a Heart sounds like a great idea. So many people have come up to me since and wished me well but a lot have also said they’re not sure they’d know what to do. I’d encourage everyone to look into getting trained in CPR. You never know when you might need it.”

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