Cardiac arrest in athletes has become quite normal in the last year. We can hear every day about various athletes about how they collapsed on the field, how they have heart defects, but the reason is still unknown. The sport has risen to a much higher level than it did 20 or 30 years ago, and much more effort is required to achieve success.
One example of collapse on the field is Glasgow hockey player, Ewan Fraser (30), who was dead as long as 10 minutes before being rescued by a friend. His friend, Andrew, did chest compressions and thus saved a friend who was on the verge of death.
Ewan said: “I was told that my heart had stopped for nine and a half minutes, so I’d essentially died. Most important of all is that the team remained calm and that they managed to save the life of their friend, for which he is infinitely grateful.
“Their quick-thinking actions kept me alive until the ambulance arrived. I’ll never be able to repay Andrew and my teammates - without them I wouldn’t be here. ” Ewan ended up in intensive care after all where they tried to determine the reason.
However, he returned to the field after 6 months and started training again. Obviously, sport is something he can't do without, and he doesn't want to give up He added: “It’s nice knowing my mate will always have my back.
I’d do exactly the same thing for him. ” Andrew was in a big panic, just like the others, but he managed to be focused and save his friend Andrew said: "I never imagined having to do it all on my best friend.
It was pretty scary but we stayed pretty calm and focused." "But whether it was him or a stranger this happened to, my response would have been the same. What’s most important is that we had been given the training that we needed to know exactly how to react.
“It just goes to show how important first aid training is. It only takes a couple of hours. ” "I’m just so glad I had done it and that I had the support of my teammates too”. The charity’s chief exec Stuart Callison said: “Andrew’s quick-thinking and delivery of CPR saved his friend’s life”.
The charity’s chief exec Stuart Callison said: “Andrew’s quick-thinking and delivery of CPR saved his friend’s life”.