A man who suffered a heart attack in Clonmel last weekend had his life saved thanks to the quick-thinking of people who resuscitated him with a defibrillator located in the town centre.
The man, who’s in his early 50s, became unwell in O’Connell Street on Saturday morning.
Brian Hogg, a staff member at Connolly’s Menswear found the man collapsed on the footpath and summoned the assistance of Paddy Pyke, an off-duty firefighter and Jim Hogan, an off-duty parademic who were in the area fundraising for this weekend’s annual emergency services cycle.
Brian Hogg rushed to Willie Walsh barber’s in nearby Mitchel Street, where a defibrillator was released and used to resuscitate the man until paramedics Sean O’Regan and Rory Dullard arrived in an ambulance and continued to treat him.
The man was brought to South Tipperary General Hospital before being transferred to Cork University Hospital, where he’s recovering from his ordeal.
“Everything went right for this man”, said Andrew Laste, an instructor with the Clonmel Heartsaver committee. “The Heartsaver committee has strategically located more than 20 defibrillators in and around the town centre so that one is available within four minutes if somebody suffers a cardiac arrest. This incident showed how we literally touch members of the community”.
He said that John Ryan, another staff member at Connolly’s, had also helped in the successful efforts to treat the man.