Young man's life saved by leisure centre staff in Alcester - The Leamington Observer

Young man's life saved by leisure centre staff in Alcester

A YOUNG man’s life was saved by staff at The Greig Leisure Centre in Alcester after he suffered a heart attack.

Twenty five-year-old Harry Marsh was enjoying a game of badminton with his friends earlier this month when he collapsed suddenly.

The karate club, who were nearby, immediately started doing chest compressions, while Harry’s friends sought help from the leisure centre staff.

General manager Tom Wilson reacted quickly and took over to administer CPR. He then used the defibrillator on Harry, shocking him twice, until he regained consciousness.

Meanwhile, duty manager Danny Costello supported Tom in the situation, clearing the sports hall so Harry’s friends didn’t have to watch what was happening, and also calling an ambulance.

The young man was taken to hospital for tests, which revealed he had a genetic heart condition called arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. He has been fitted with an ICD to manage the condition and prevent any future episodes like this.

Harry is now in recovery.

He said: “A thank you doesn’t seem enough when the staff saved my life. I feel incredibly lucky that not only am I here, but I am also in good health.

“It’s all down to the staff and the karate class who acted quickly and saved me. I’m now in a position where I can still live a normal and active life.

“I’ve got six weeks of rest now, but after that, I can resume my normal life – all thanks to everyone on hand that day.”

Harry also returned to the leisure centre a week later to thank the staff in-person.

Richard Bell, contract manager for Everyone Active who operate The Greig Leisure Centre, said: “I’m immensely proud of Tom, Danny and the rest of the team for how they reacted on that day. It’s a testament to their professionalism and care for our members.

“It also highlights how critical CPR training is, particularly in the world of sport where the number of young people with life-threatening heart conditions is growing.

“We’re so pleased that Harry is recovering, and that the doctors have given him the green light to resume normal activity after six weeks.

“It goes to show that, the more people who are trained in administering CPR, the more positive outcomes we can have like this.”

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