TWO men who collapsed of heart attacks in the same week at a Sheffield leisure centre have paid fitness instructors a visit – to thank them for saving their lives.
Martin Fox, aged 55, from Bents Green, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing five-a-side football at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, while 72-year-old Ronnie Davis, of Parson Cross, was struck by a heart attack in the swimming pool days later.
Quick-thinking staff at the centre ensured the men survived by using a defibrillator to revive their heartbeats before an ambulance arrived.
And Yorkshire Ambulance Service has commended the workers for their fast actions, handing them a Lifesaving Achievement Award.
Mr Fox said he was glad to visit the centre and thank the staff.
He said: “I was pleased to be given the chance to return to the centre and express my gratitude to staff. If it wasn’t for their actions I might not have survived.”
Both men lost consciousness during the same week last December, with the lifesavers using an automated electronic defibrillator donated by Sheffield insurance firm Westfield Health.
Tim Hicks, centre manager, said: “We are proud of our staff who, thanks to their fast instincts and high level of training, were able to save the men from potentially life-threatening situations.
“The centre is committed to providing the highest level of safety training to our staff and it was great to see Martin and Ronnie back and on the mend.”
Graham Moore, Westfield Health chairman, said: “When someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, the first few minutes are critical. If someone can perform effective treatment within this time, the chance of survival is seriously increased. We donated the defibrillators for emergencies just like this one.”