Sheffield footballer Ryan approves JFC’s lifesaving equipment purchase

Grassroots club, Aston Swallownest JFC has raised funds to install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at its Sheffield grounds
Grassroots club, Aston Swallownest JFC has raised funds to install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at its Sheffield grounds
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A former Sheffield footballer who suffered a heart attack during a match has backed his local club’s decision to buy lifesaving equipment.

Ryan Zon, from Aston, nearly died during a match against Sheffield Medics FC in 2013 and was revived by junior doctors on the opposition team.

Since the incident, Ryan and his family have been calling for all football clubs to have defibrillators on hand at their grounds.

Now, Aston Swallownest JFC has raised enough funds to buy an Automated External Defibrillator, which can shock the heart to restart it after a cardiac arrest.

Ryan said: “I owe my life to the trainee doctors and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when I suffered a cardiac arrest.

“We are seeing more and more cases, including high profile footballer Fabrice Muamba, so having an AED could be the difference between life and death.”

Hospital tests later revealed Ryan was born with a previously undiagnosed heart condition. The heart attack was caused by one of his arteries growing the wrong way, which stopped the blood circulating.

Ryan went on to undergo extensive heart surgery and is still in recovery.

Aston Swallownest JFC chairman, Paul Neville said: “We hope lightning will not strike twice, but if we are faced with an incident like this again our club and team managers will be better equipped and trained by St John Ambulance to deal with it.”