Town council aims to up number of life-saving defibrillators in Wisbech
Wisbech is the proud owner of three new life-saving machines thanks to the town council.
As part of its ongoing bid to increase the number of defibrillators in the town the council has bought three of the vital life-saving machines.
Mayor Andrew Lynn handed the first of these over to the town's rugby club ahead of the first XV's game against Norwich Union played at the Chapel Road ground on November 13.
The donation of the defibrillator comes in a timely manner as it was only in August this year when Paul Murray, playing for Wisbech Town’s walking football team in a friendly against South Lincs Steelers, collapsed on the pitch at Fountain Fresh Park in Long Sutton.
The Steelers had received their defibrillator by an anonymous donation five years previously and it had sat unused until the incident which saw Paul collapse with an untraceable pulse.
Team officials used the machine alongside CPR until emergency help could arrive to keep Paul alive, and ultimately saved his life. Since then his team mates have clubbed together to buy the walking footballers their own defibrillator which they take with them to away matches as well as using it at home games..
A spokesman for the town council said:" Every minute's delay giving CPR and defibrillation reduces a victim's survival rate by seven to 10 per cent. The council will be rolling out the installation of its defibrillators as quickly as possible.