Following a medical emergency at the Bellbowrie Sports and Recreation Club, the LNP State Member for Moggill, Dr Christian Rowan MP, has donated a defibrillator unit to the Club.
Dr Rowan said the collapse of a player with a heart attack at the end of July in a soccer match between the Moggill Football Club and the Holland Park Hawks had highlighted the need for the life-saving equipment to be on hand.
“The soccer player who collapsed on the day of his 49th birthday was very fortunate as there were two nurses in the crowd of spectators, at the time of his heart-attack, who were able to administer CPR while the Queensland Ambulance Service responded. As a doctor myself I know how critical time can be when it comes to resuscitating someone and hopefully with this defibrillator unit being on hand valuable seconds can be saved should an incident like this ever happen again.” Dr Rowan said.
Dr Rowan said the defibrillator would be available at the Club, which houses a number of sporting clubs including; the Bellbowrie Strikers Hockey Club; the Moggill Cricket Club; the Moggill Football Club and the Moggill Mustangs AFL Club.
“I would like to congratulate the two nurses who rendered life-saving first aid to the player as well as those QAS staff who also attended. I understand it took some 25 minutes for the QAS staff to stabilise the player, and he is now facing the prospect of by-pass surgery.” Dr Rowan said.
Dr Rowan also said the incident had highlighted the need for players to register their next of kin details in case of a medical emergency.
“At the time this emergency occurred, concerned team mates reverted to social media platforms in order to attempt to contact his family and advise them of his situation. So it is pleasing to see that lessons have been learnt from this situation and procedures are being put in place to avoid such a situation into the future.” Dr Rowan said.
Dr Rowan said he had also approached our local QAS in order to ensure Club members received appropriate training in CPR and the appropriate use of the defibrillator unit.
“I strongly encourage Club members to take the time to undertake the training to be made available by the Queensland Ambulance Service, as you never know when it is that you may need to utilise these life-saving skills.” Dr Rowan said.
Contact: Office of Dr Christian Rowan MP
Phone: (07) 3737 4110