KNOWLEDGE

Celebrating men’s positive contributions to society

MortonFraser_Morven Pinkerton
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Morven Pinkerton
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16 November 2021
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As we lead up to International Men's Day this Friday, I have a very personal reason to celebrate the positive value men bring to the world, families and communities as I have one of these very role models living under my own roof.

Six years ago, my husband suffered a cardiac arrest completely out of the blue.  He was 40.  He dropped down in our local vet's surgery whilst buying cat food.  Due to the quick thinking of the vet (our guardian angel) through CPR and then the first responder's defibrillator, he was brought back to life and breathing when he arrived at the hospital - although he was put into a medically induced coma to reduce any swelling on the brain and prevent against lasting damage.

The odds of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest are 5% so he's one exceptionally lucky man - the phrase "being in the right place at the right time" is an overused phrase but certainly rings true here.  British Health Foundation statistics state there are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in the UK each year and the survival rate is less than 1 in 10. 

Thankfully he made a full recovery and is now making the best of his experience by raising close to £10,000 for the St John and the City Defibrillator Project to install life-saving defibrillators in public places around Edinburgh.

His latest one was installed just last week at Churchill Theatre, bringing his total to eight, but there's still much more work to do.  He has also worked with the charity at fundraising events to instil in everyone that these defibs are very easy to use - and not to be scared of giving it a shot. 

You really can't do any more harm to someone who's experienced a cardiac arrest - but you could save their life.

 

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