Life-saving bar staff get new kit installed on Leeds street

LAUNCH: Tony Kaye, Richard Bentley, Dave Jones, Sean Walker and Jon Hancock.
LAUNCH: Tony Kaye, Richard Bentley, Dave Jones, Sean Walker and Jon Hancock.
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A life-saving piece of equipment has been installed on a city centre street after bar staff from a nearby venue helped to resuscitate a dad-of-three who was having a heart attack.

David Bryant, 54, collapsed at Oporto on Call Lane in August last year. Thankfully, staff were on hand to help ambulance workers with CPR.

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They later approached paramedic Richard Bentley, who had attended the incident, to ask about the possibility of having a defibrillator installed on the busy street.

Richard said: “The staff at Oporto worked brilliantly with me when the patient suffered a cardiac arrest there last year, including helping with CPR so I could provide advanced skills to help improve his outcome.”

David, a primary school headteacher who lives in Enfield, was visiting family in Leeds when he suffered the ultimate medical emergency. After being resuscitated, he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. He has now made a full recovery.

He said: “I will be eternally grateful to the amazing Yorkshire Ambulance Service and wonderful staff at Oporto who saved my life. Every single day I spend with my children, family and friends is a tribute to their efforts and I am delighted to learn that a defibrillator has been installed on Call Lane to give other people the second chance that I have had.”

The new kit has been funded by Business Against Crime in Leeds. Sean Walker, BACIL manager, said: “People’s safety and welfare are of paramount importance to BACIL. Having this life-saving piece of equipment, at the very heart of one of the busiest areas in Leeds, is a tremendous asset.”

Ross Millar, manager at Oporto, said: “You never really think about these situations until they happen. We were very lucky to have a good level of first aid training throughout the team which helped us to respond quickly.”

THE FACTS

Defibrillators Are portable devices that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart during cardiac arrests.

Every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, descreases chances of survival by around ten per cent.

Furthermore, without immediate treatment, 90 to 95 per cent of cardiac arrests prove fatal.

In the event of witnessing a cardiac arrest, bystanders are advised to call 999, perform CPR and find a defibrillator to use.