Life-saving training after heart attack drama

Patrick Horrocks
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A WIGAN school has trained staff to be life-savers after a pupil nearly died from a heart attack.

A defibrillator came to 15-year-old Patrick Horrocks’s aid when he collapsed from a hitherto undiagnosed cardiac condition while working out at Hindley Leisure Centre earlier this year.

And it inspired the headmistress of his school – Hindley High – to get her workforce educated to cope with such medical emergenices in future. The school has now also been presented with an automated external defibrillator (AED) of its own.

The leisure centre’s own gadget had, fortuitously, been installed there as part of the Community Resuscitation Scheme spearheaded by the North West Ambulance Service. And thanks to the quick actions of trained staff, Patrick has since recovered and returned to school. AED suppliers Medtronic has donated a similar device to Hindley High and staff trained to use it by Community Resuscitation Manager David McNally.

He said “The story of Patrick highlights the importance of quick intervention when an individual goes into cardiac arrest, and further supports NWAS’s aim to have AEDs placed in all public areas where there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.”

Ms Lees said: “When I was told what happened to Patrick, it was one of those moments where a chill runs down your spine as you think of what might have happened had the defibrillator not been there. Patrick’s life would have been cut short and we would have mourned his loss to us and his family.

“Instead we have Patrick with us working hard to achieve his GCSEs and looking forward to a long, happy and fulfilled life. His is a rare heart condition which was unknown at the time and there are many other people walking around with this or a similar time bomb. I felt we had a moral obligation to train staff how to use this life saving equipment which may save another life.

“I want to express our thanks to Medtronic who donated the defibrillator and to David McNally, of North West Ambulance Service.”