Witnessing heart attack spurs John, 82, to action

July 11 2016

AN 82-year-old great-grandfather is hoping to raise money to get a heart defibrillator installed on a busy road after witnessing a woman suffer a near-fatal cardiac arrest in the street.

AN 82-year-old great-grandfather is hoping to raise money to get a heart defibrillator installed on a busy road after witnessing a woman suffer a near-fatal cardiac arrest in the street.

John Thorne, who lives in Brockworth Cresent, Stapleton, has so far raised £400 in donations from a local business and community group but hopes to raise more in a bid to buy the life-saving equipment.

Mr Thorne, who worked as a telephone engineer at Rolls Royce, said: “Recently a lady had a heart attack on Frome Valley Road outside the pharmacy and a family member gave her CPR.

“It was a worrying time while they waited for an ambulance and I thought we need something like the heart defibrillator in a location accessible for everyone.

“Since then I have written to local businesses explaining what I am trying to do and to ask for donations.”

Mr Thorne, who has lived in Stapleton for more than 50 years, is hoping to install the lifesaving device outside the pharmacy on Frome Valley Road.

A top of the range heart defibrillator costs around £4000. More basic equipment costs about £1600.

There are a number of  defibrillators around the area. 

 Mr Thorne said: “It isn’t just older people who suffer heart attacks. The lady who collapsed outside the pharmacy was in her mid-forties. I think it will benefit lots of different people. I just hope we can raise enough money to buy one.”

Defibrillators are housed in remotely controlled cabinets, which are continuously monitored. 

 The ambulance service can remotely unlock the device and send an alert to a nominated locals who can help with treating the patient  until the 999 crew arrives. 

Anyone can use the defibrillators with the aid of telephone instruction from ambulance HQ.