Sheffield survivor helps save more lives

Martin Fox with son Simon and paramedic Brendon Mulkerrin
Martin Fox with son Simon and paramedic Brendon Mulkerrin
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A salesman from Sheffield is helping to make his community safer - after surviving a brush with death.

Martin Fox, aged 56, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing five-a-side football at Hillsborough Sports Centre last year.

But the attack came in the right place at the right time, as quick-thinking staff saved his life with a defibrillator they’d been training to use that very same day.

Martin, of Bents Drive, Bents Green, has now made a full recovery - and is using the lessons learned from the incident to help save the lives of others.

He completed the Sheffield Round Walk with over 40 friends and family members, together raising enough to buy five new defibrillators.

The first has now been installed at Martin’s local - but in a cabinet on a wall outside the pub, not inside the bar.

“The idea is that the defibrillator is available for the maximum amount of time for the maximum number of people,” said Martin.

“The device will be there for the people of Bents Green 24/7 so, if a person collapses, the person operating the 999 service can direct them to where it is, along with the code number to access it. In situations such as these, every minute’s delay can be crucial.”

Other defibrillators will be installed in a similar way at The Banner Cross Hotel, High Storrs School and at Silverdale School.

Martin’s work may continue as he is now planning to tackle the Round Walk every year.