GAA player’s life saved by defibrillator

Posted on: April 11, 2015

By Colm O’Connor.

Tragedy was averted at a Cork club game on Tuesday night when a defibrillator was used to revive a young gaelic footballer.

The frightening incident occurred after the City Division U21 football championship semi-final between Nemo Rangers and Bishopstown in Ballinlough.

Nemo Rangers secretary Bernadette Allen last night confirmed that the player is recovering in hospital and she praised the clubs’ medical staff.

She said: “One of our players collapsed after the U21 game in the dressing room on Tuesday.

“Thankfully, there was a defibrillator at the venue and both our team doctor Conall Hurley, along with the Bishopstown physiotherapist, Ciarán O’Shaughnessy, worked on the player. Their actions, we reckon, saved his life.

“The ambulance took 30 minutes to arrive and only for the fact we had a defibrillator there, and the people trained to use it, the outcome is too frightening to think about.

“The defibrillator is there three years in Ballinlough and that was the first time it was used, but, even if it is only ever used once, that will have been enough. Something like this brings home the importance of having proper equipment in place and properly- trained people to use it.

“Our player is currently being treated in Cork University Hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

City Division secretary Sean McCarthy hopes that Tuesday night’s incident will highlight the importance of defibrillators for clubs in Cork and nationally.

“Thankfully, we had a defibrillator at the venue in Ballinlough. We had a board meeting last night and I stressed to all the clubs in the division that this incident highlights the vital importance of having defibrillators in place at all grounds in our division and, more importantly, people who have undertaken the training to use them properly. What happened on Tuesday night was very frightening for everyone involved. I would have to compliment the medics from both clubs for their efforts. No words of mine can praise them enough and, on behalf of the board, we would like to wish the young player from Nemo Rangers the very best in his recovery.”
© Irish Examiner

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