Opinion: A lifesaving campaign

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Sheffield teenager Ryan Zon is well on the road to recovery five weeks after he cheated death on a football field - an ordeal he is unable to remember.

But his family and friends will never forget the skill and dedication of doctors and trainee medics who managed to save his life. It was by complete chance that the 19-year-old collapsed from a heart attack during a football match in which his club was playing against a team of medical men. Two doctors playing rugby nearby also stepped in to have save a life that would otherwise have certainly have slipped away before the usual emergency services arrived on the scene. Now Ryan’s mum Tracey is leading the tributes to the doctors who saved her son’s life - while Ryan himself is backing calls that all sports clubs should have equipment pitchside in case of another emergency. Clearly lessons need to be learned from this incident, which could so easily have resulted in tragedy.

Rape centre is so vital

Dealing with the trauma of rape is impossible to imagine unless you have been a victim or are involved in helping those who have been attacked. The number of women sexually assaulted is shockingly high - higher than you can imagine. According the British Crime Survey, one in every 200 women in Britain was raped in 2006-07. And yet only 800 people were convicted of rape crimes, meaning less than 1 in 100 reports of rape led to a conviction. The crime is surrounded by a conspiracy of myths that make it even harder for a rape victim to feel they are being believed. One of the biggest impediments to conviction is that jurors are led to believe that the victim was in some way to blame - of course it is utter rubbish. Rape is rape and the only person to blame is the perpetrator - the rapist. Which is why the Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service is so important to those victims - helping to counsel and to believe and to help the victims through the most traumatic times of their lives.