WANNANUP man Matt Campbell has been recognised as an Aussie Heart Hero for saving the life of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Mr Campbell’s story centres on a recent experience at Perth Domestic Airport.
He was checking in when someone suddenly approached him and asked for help with a 50-year old man who had collapsed nearby and struck his head.
Mr Campbell rushed to observe the man’s state and determined he was in cardiac arrest.
Together with Qantas staff, he located and retrieved a defibrillator which he applied and with the help of bystanders, provided CPR and one shock to the man.
Much to Matt’s relief and that of bystanders, the man started to show signs of life.
They rolled him into a recovery position and waited for the ambulance.
Later that night, St John Ambulance contacted Mr Cambell and told him the man had survived and was sitting up in hospital talking.
The Australian Hearts campaign is shining a light on Mr Campbell as part of its push to get more defibs into the community.
Campaign spokesman and former Australian Ironman surf lifestyle champion Guy Leech said Mr Campbell’s story highlighted the importance of access to defibs.
“Across the country, it is estimated around 30,000 people die unexpectedly from sudden cardiac arrest death every year,’’ he said.
“In many situations, access to a defib could be the difference between life and death.
“Thankfully Matt had access to a defib and saved a life.
“Australian Hearts is on a mission to ensure 90 per cent of Australians are within three minutes of a defib.’
Win a defib for your community by nominating a hero like Mr Campbell. Visit www.australianheasrts.com/aussiehearthero