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Locations of defibrillators in Stamford, Rutland and Bourne area to be added to online map The Circuit after man collapsed at Rutland Water Parkrun

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People are being urged to add the location of defibrillators to an online map in a bid to save more lives.

Tim Parfitt, who works for the recruitment firm MorePeople in Stamford, was among a small group of people who prevented the death of a young man who collapsed at Rutland Water Parkrun on July 23.

“I was heading towards the finish and could see a runner standing still,” said Tim, 34.

Tim Parfitt
Tim Parfitt

“As I got closer, I realised he was standing by someone who was on the ground.”

Tim checked for breathing and a pulse and, having found neither, began chest compressions, taking it in turns with another man on the scene while a 999 call was made.

One of the runners, a nurse, joined them and was able to provide medical help, while two cyclists were flagged down to fetch a portable defibrillator from the finish line, near Normanton Church.

“I’ve had CPR and defibrillator training, so I knew the defibrillator wouldn’t go off if it wasn’t needed,” said Tim.

“Once you attach the two big sticky pads it does analysis and tells you if you need to press the button to deliver a shock.

“It gives one hell of a jolt.”

Fortunately the effect was immediate, and with the man’s heart rhythm restored he came around a few moments later.

“He had no idea what was going on,” said Tim.

“One minute he was running Parkrun, then next he is on the ground looking up at an air ambulance.”

The helicopter took the man to hospital, and he is understood to have made a good recovery.

Tim said the incident highlights how essential access to a defibrillator is.

“We can only do so much as an individual. I was giving CPR as I was taught but it seemed not to be having any tangible benefits. When the defibrillator brought him back I felt huge relief.

“There has got to be one in every school and in public buildings.”

Tony Comber, centre, with fellow runners Nick Sheehan and Rupert Clifton who helped to save his life earlier this year
Tony Comber, centre, with fellow runners Nick Sheehan and Rupert Clifton who helped to save his life earlier this year

In February, Tony Comber’s life was saved by fellow members of Stamford Striders Running Club, who gave him CPR and ran to fetch a defibrillator after he had a cardiac arrest in Drift Road.

The defibrillator worked, and Tony is back running with the club and taking part in local races.

Tony and several other members of the running club have had CPR and defibrillator training, and are highlighting the location of defibrillators and the need for more.

Defibrillator guardians should add locations to ‘The Circuit’

People responsible for looking after defibrillators should put their details on The Circuit website - the national defibrillator network used by ambulance services.

At www.thecircuit.uk people can not only register a device but also see where their nearest is located.

It is not intended to be searched by members of the public in an emergency - people should call 999 immediately.

But as well as giving CPR instructions, the call-handler will be able to give a location for the nearest operational defibrillator.

The Circuit, backed by British Heart Foundation, the Resuscitation Council, St John Ambulance, and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives has a ‘Defib Finder’.

To see whether a defibrillator is registered, go to www.defibfinder.uk

Local defibrillators should be registered on The Circuit by the person who acts as its ‘guardian’ and has access to its upkeep records.

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