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Calls for life-saving defibrillators
Calls for life-saving defibrillators

There are fresh calls for defibrillators to be put in every Victorian sports club after a 74-year-old man suffered a heart attack at his bowls Club.

David Goodridge suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in front of his mates at the Korumburra Bowls Club.

Thankfully, his quick-thinking fellow bowlers knew just what to do, and used the club's new defibrillator, installed just six weeks earlier.

They followed the simple instructions on the machine as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

"If the machine hadn't been there, I wouldn't be here," David told Seven News reporter Emily Angwin.

At least three people died last year at sporting grounds which didn't have a defibrillator.

The life-saving machine, which kick starts the heart during cardiac arrest,
costs around $2000 when subsidised by St John's Ambulance.

But David says it's a small price to pay for saving a life.

He now has a pacemaker, and hopes to return to the bowling lawn in a couple of weeks.

For more information about life-saving defibrillators click here

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