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Survivor’s donation to save more lives

Martin Fox, right, presents landlord Roger Pepper at Banner Cross Hotel with a defribillator for the premises. Customers helped raise funds for the device

Martin Fox, right, presents landlord Roger Pepper at Banner Cross Hotel with a defribillator for the premises. Customers helped raise funds for the device

A salesman who survived a brush with death has helped to save more lives by presenting vital first-aid equipment to staff at a Sheffield pub.

Martin Fox, aged 56, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing five-a-side football at Hillsborough Sports Centre just over a year ago.

But quick-thinking staff managed to save his life with a heart defibrillator they had been training to use that very day.

Martin, from Bents Green, has now made a full recovery - and is now determined to make sure other people are rescued in a similar way.

He completed the Sheffield Round Walk with more than 40 friends and family members, raising enough to buy five new defibrillators.

The first was unveiled at the Hammer and Pincers pub at Bents Green in December - and now the second has been given to the Banner Cross Hotel.

“The reason we have selected pubs is that we were trying to think of places that would offer the best location,” said Martin.

“I was extremely lucky. I had been playing football all my life and thought myself to be pretty fit.

“They had been having defibrillator training on the day I collapsed, so I was able to get help within two to three minutes.”

Martin said cardiac arrest victims’ chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent every minute.

“I wanted to make sure as many people as possible get the same protection I did.

“If you provide the equipment someone can get treatment while they’re waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

“Modern defibrillators are quite easy to use, you only need a little training to make a decent attempt at using them.”

He added: “A lot of people are a little bit nervous and worried about doing more harm than good, but if there’s no heartbeat the devices will start to work.

“It’s better to do something rather than nothing.”

Following his collapse Martin was rushed to hospital and was fitted with a built-in defibrillator and pacemaker.

More heart devices will soon be installed in a similar way at High Storrs and Silverdale schools. Martin is also planning to tackle the Round Walk every year.

 

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