OPINION: Your Star Your Say!

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Congratulations must go to all concerned with today’s front page story.

Last year Ryan Zon, aged 20, was playing for Swallownest Miners’ Welfare reserves when he suffered a cardiac arrest in a game against Sheffield Medics – a team of doctors and trainees – at Warminster Road, Norton.

Fortunately the skill of the opposition, who began resuscitation to try to restart his heart until paramedics arrived at the scene, coupled with the speed of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance ensured that Ryan survived.

Far from just thanking his lucky stars that he is still alive, Ryan has been on a fundraising mission to help buy defibrillators for local sports clubs.

Ryan was able to be reunited with the medics who saved his life but he speaks sense when he says not everyone would have such expert help at hand.

A defibrillator in the hands of someone who has been trained could be the difference between surviving or not.

The case for providing defibrillators – particularly in remote sporting venues – is a strong one.

The Star has backed this message from day one with our own campaign.

Today we emphasise that point again and urge others to get involved.