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Here they are...Hungerford's defibrillator heroines

Women shocked heart victim back to life

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Here they are...Hungerford's defibrillator heroines

A MAN found with no pulse, who was shocked back to life with one of Hungerford’s new defibrillator machines, was said to be making a good recovery this week.

That was great news for Michelle Whiting and her friends, for it was their quick thinking that helped to save him.

The drama, reported in last week’s Newbury Weekly News, happened at around 1pm on Wednesday, February 17, in Fairview Road where Mrs Whiting lives.

She said: “A lady walking her dog knocked on my door to say a man had collapsed in apparent cardiac arrest.”

They flagged down a car being driven by villager Michelle Harris and, together with another local, Annabelle Ward, they applied cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as instructed by a 999 operator.

Mrs Whiting, who works at Hungerford Surgery, said she got the defibrillator from the One Stop shop and managed to get him breathing again by the time the ambulance arrived.

Medics treated the man in the street for around 20 minutes before taking him to hospital.

The man, who is 82 years old, does not wish to be identified at this stage but a friend said: “He has no recollection of the incident but is feeling much better.”

“It’s a wonderful example of how these machines can save lives.”

Neale Marney, who was instrumental in arranging the funding and installation of the machines, has asked the ladies to speak at two free training sessions.

He said: “These are open to everyone – just turn up. We want people to know how easy it is to use these machines to save a life.”

The public training sessions will be held at 7.30pm in the Royal British Legion in Church Way. The first is on Tuesday, March 1, and the second is on Tuesday, March 22.

The six machines are sited at the town library in Church Street,  the Royal British Legion in Church Way, John O’Gaunt School in Priory Road, One Stop in Fairview Road, the Texaco garage in Charnham Street  and CPI Ltd in Smitham Bridge Road.

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