CPR saves a life in Durrow

The public have been urged to learn CPR, after it saved the life of a gentleman in Durrow during the Scarecrow Festival.

The public have been urged to learn CPR, after it saved the life of a gentleman in Durrow during the Scarecrow Festival.

Durrow fire crew used their AED to resuscitate the person who suffered cardiac arrest on Friday night August 31.

However two members of the public who went to the man’s aid, kept him alive for the vital minutes until the fire crew arrived.

Asst Chief Fire Officer Anthony Tynan is urging more people to take a first aid course.

“CPR really made the difference here. If you can have people doing CPR straight away, by the time the the AED comes, there is still something to work with. An AED kickstarts the heart, but CPR keeps oxygen in the brain. Everyone all worked together to save this person’s life. Members of the public began the CPR and called 112, the fire crew arrived first and used the AED, and then the ambulance crew took over,” he said.

The CPR users were a retired member of the Durrow fire crew, and a nurse, The patient is understood to be doing well in hospital.