Man’s life is saved by leisure centre defibrillator

The East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter.

The quick actions of leisure centre staff and a member of the public helped save a man's life today (Saturday).

A man in his 50s suffered a suspected heart attack this morning while he was watching a football match next to the Sheringham Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) was called and arrived just after 10.50am.

Before the helicopter arrived a leisure centre staff member used the defibrillator from the building to shock the man after another football spectator performed CPR.

An EAAA spokesman said today: 'It was down to the member of the public who had done first aid training and the quick actions of the staff member that saved this man's life.'

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The EAAA crew airlifted the football spectator to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

'He was fully conscious at stable in the hospital. By the sounds of it he has had a lucky escape,' the EAAA spokesman added.

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