With 80% taking place outside of hospital, it’s still just as important as ever to know how to perform effective CPR in order to give the very best chance of survival.
Robby Eaves, from Merseyside, knows all too well how important bystander CPR is. Without it he might not be here today:
“On 25 May 2016 I started to feel unwell but wasn’t sure why, so I went home from work and went to bed. As I started feeling worse I made my way to hospital where it was discovered that I was having a heart attack. I stayed in hospital and got a stent fitted on two days later, before completing cardio rehab for the next few weeks
“A couple of months later, on 30 July, I got home from work at around midday and remember putting my bike in the hallway. The next thing I remember is being woken up by a critical care nurse called Linny at Fazakerley Hospital.”
Robby would later find out that he had actually gone shopping in Aintree, before heading over to Old Roan Station to catch a train. As he made his way towards the station he suddenly fell backwards, severely cracking his head on the pavement as he landed. He was having a cardiac arrest. As passers-by came to assist – including a nurse from Whiston hospital – they got to work trying to resuscitate Robby.
One passer-by went into the local gym and managed to retrieve the defibrillator that they had on site. Three shocks were given to Robby, the third of which restarted his heart – 11 minutes after collapsing.
“I was taken to hospital but I had bleeds on the brain due to the fall, I was placed in an induced coma. My wife and two kids were told a couple of days later that I might not wake up or if I did I could be a different person either mentally, physically, or both. When I was brought out of the coma I was not myself and was a bit of a pain in the backside due to the head injuries, but the staff in the CCU were brilliant!
“I was later transferred to a heart and chest hospital and was fitted with a pacemaker/ICD.”
Robby was able to leave hospital just over two weeks later, with the only after effects related to his head injuries. By November he had returned to work and was back out rambling in the hills by January.
“The people who stopped to help saved my life without a doubt, and the ambulance crews, doctors, nurses and cardio rehab staff were all fantastic!”
Robby has recently been part of the Defibrillator Fundraising Walton Vale & Moss Lane group working to place five defibrillators in the area so that everyone can gain access to a defibrillator if they ever need to – you’ll be able to read all about it in the next addition of Your Call.