Ton Pentre AFC is proud to support ‘Restart a Heart Day’ on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.
We recently reported on Assistant Manager Lee Williams, who has been recognised for the part he played in helping to keep alive an Abercwmboi FC player who suffered cardiac arrest while on the pitch.
Stephen Thomas collapsed on the pitch after scoring a goal for the Aberdare Valley team against Ynys View. Within seconds of Stephen collapsing, four members of the public – Lee Winterburn, Samantha Avon, Toni Lee Phillips and Ton Pentre Assistant Manager Lee Williams – came to his aid.
They managed to keep Stephen alive and he is still recovering in hospital after being brought back to life four times.
Hundreds of Welsh Ambulance Service staff and volunteers will be available on the day to teach youngsters at sixty secondary schools across Wales what to do if they come across someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest – those actions can mean the difference between life and death.
Currently in the UK, less than one (8.6%) in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) predicts that if the UK achieved the same survival rates of countries like Norway (25%), where CPR is taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week – the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.
Andrew Jenkins, Deputy Director Medical and Clinical Services for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “It is important for people to realize that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest in front of a bystander, and that the bystander then immediately starts CPR before the arrival of the ambulance service, it doubles the chances of survival for the patient.
“Currently in the UK, bystanders only get involved in doing CPR in 43% of cardiac arrests, compared to 73% in Norway where the survival rate is considerably higher. The evidence in favour of members of the public learning CPR is clear, and pupils will have this valuable skill for life.”
The event has been organised in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – which provides Call Push Rescue training kits free to eligible schools as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, and St John Ambulance, to give as many schoolchildren as possible the skills they need to help save a life.
Support for the event has come via the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething AM who said: “Early CPR provides a chance of survival for members of the public who suffer a cardiac arrest. This is why I’m pleased to see the Welsh Ambulance Service and its partners training more people, which may mean the difference between life or death for someone.
“Having the knowledge and ability to perform CPR may well provide an opportunity for these young people to save the life of a member of their family, a friend, neighbour, colleague or visitor.”
Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, added:”Through our Nation of Lifesavers campaign we want to ensure every person across Wales and the U.K. has the best chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Currently less than one in ten people survive.
“Restart a Heart Day on Tuesday 18th October is an important milestone in the campaign and, in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service, Resuscitation Council UK, St Johns Ambulance and The British Red Cross we hope to give thousands more children across Wales the skills and confidence to save a life, using CPR.”
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