Golf development officer saves life of golfer

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 21, 2015 12:55

The golf development officer at Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire has saved the life of a golfer, who suffered a heart attack on the course, by using a defibrillator on him.

Danny Needham suffered the sudden cardiac arrest in 2014 and could have died had the golf club not had a defibrillator, which delivers potentially life saving electric shocks to people who have just suffered from a heart attack.


Danny Needham

The East Midland Ambulance Service (EMAS) and British Heart Foundation gave the club the machine in 2012; staff have yearly training from EMAS. This was the first time it was used.

“Thanks to the immediate action of members and staff with CPR, and early live-saving shock from a defibrillator, he survived,” said a spokesman for the club. “He then went on to make a full recovery; back playing golf within three months.”

“It was me who pressed the button on the machine,” said Jackie Macey, golf development officer at Norwood Park Golf Centre, “very scary but the outcome for Danny was truly amazing!”

“Had it not been for the quick thinking members and staff who assisted me that day, the outcome for me may have been very different indeed,” said Danny.

“Words cannot express my and my family’s gratitude. I wish to urge all sporting facilities, especially golf clubs, to invest in a defibrillator.”

“Many others are not as fortunate as Danny,” added the club spokesman. “Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrests in the UK, causing more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined.  CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from five to over 50 percent.

“In August 2013, former Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher, collapsed during a dinner at a hotel on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Fortunately the hotel had a defibrillator and he too made a full recovery. It is hoped that thanks to the Bernard Gallacher defibrillator campaign every golf club in the UK will have access to a public-access defibrillator by the end of 2016.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 21, 2015 12:55
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