As the official supplier of Defibrillators and training for Parkrun, we are proud to have saved lives and support such an iconic organisation.
Defibrillators can increase a patients chance of survival by up to 70% if used in the first 10 minutes.
First Aid Accident & Emergencies Defibrillator saved a Mullum Mullum parkrunner a couple of days before Christmas.
Brett Orpwood, a Dad of two, was running with his son Charlie, 8, when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Fellow runners, including two nurses and a doctor, performed CPR and rushed to grab the FAAE Defibrillator, 800m away.
Paramedics turned up and rushed Mr Orpwood to Box Hill Hospital, where he was placed into a coma for recovery.
Mr Orpwood, 45, — who had no prior history of heart problems — said he was “getting better all the time” and incredibly grateful for his second chance at life. “It’s an unbelievable and very fortunate case that I had so much good help around me,” he said. “I get another chance to see my family grow up and live my life with my wife and kids.”
Organiser Scott Hawkins was running just ahead of Mr Orpwood and heard him hit the ground with a thud.
He said Mr Orpwood would have died without the defibrillator and specialist help from the other runners.
“If he was running on his own or on another day, he would have not made it ” Mr Hawkins said. “To have a defibrillator on hand and the right people there was certainly the difference between life and death for Brett.”
First Aid Accident and Emergency have put together Defibrillator packages for parkrun for over 5 years and have special pricing for parkrunners Australia wide.