Last night, the life of one of my friends was saved by a defibrillator located at a squash club. He was only 36; he’d played a doubles match that wasn’t particularly intense. He played in the match before me and several of us were chatting about the match. Suddenly he felt faint and collapsed. Quickly matters got worse as his heart stopped. 911 was called, but the paramedics took about 12-15 minutes to get there.
The squash club (not my club) had installed a defibrillator only last Friday. One of the members who had been trained in the defibrillator happened to be there and took charge of the matter. The defibrillator gave oral instructions, diagnosed the situation and shocked my friend. It worked almost instantaneously and he returned. A doctor happened to be there, but he said that anything other than a defibrillator would have been ineffective and my friend would have been dead by the time the paramedics arrived. Or if we had played at that club last week instead of this week, he would have been dead.