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Life saver: Nick Hill (left)
Life saver: Nick Hill (left)
Hindley's Life Savers
08 June 2011
A 15-year-old boy has returned to Hindley Sports Centre to thank staff for saving his life following a cardiac arrest.

Thanks to the quick actions of trained staff and a public Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine - which was placed there as part of the Community Resuscitation Scheme spearheaded by the North West Ambulance Service - the youngster has since recovered and returned home.

Patrick Horrocks from Hindley, Wigan was using the treadmill in the gym when he suddenly collapsed.  Fitness Instructor, Nick Hill immediately rushed to Patrick’s aid.  Unfortunately Patrick had stopped breathing so Nick commenced CPR and instructed a colleague to call an ambulance and get the AED machine.   

Duty Supervisor Dave Collins placed the AED on Patrick as instructed by the machine itself and it delivered a shock.  Following this Patrick started to breathe and regain consciousness.  By the time the paramedic crew arrived, Patrick was sat up fully conscious, breathing but very confused.  He was later diagnosed with a genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Patrick, who attends Hindley High School, said: “I owe them everything. I can’t thank them enough. If they weren’t there to help I wouldn’t be here today.

“The last thing I remember was coming off the treadmill and then the next…I woke up and the paramedics were there.”

Patrick’s dad Damian said: “We had no idea he suffered from this condition. He’s always been a fit lad, always played sports. If he was anywhere else, playing football or walking home from school, he would not be here today. The de-fib and the quick actions of the staff saved his life and we are truly grateful to them.”

The drama unfolded at 4pm on Tuesday 17 May.  Patrick was rushed to Wigan Infirmary and later transferred to Alder Hey Hospital where he underwent surgery to be fitted with an internal heart monitor that tracks his heartbeat and can deliver energy to return a normal heart beat should it happen again.  

David McNally, Community Resuscitation Manager, said: “This incident highlights the importance of quick intervention when an individual goes into cardiac arrest, and supports NWAS’s aim to have AED’s placed in all public areas where there is an increased risk of cardiac arrest.  

“Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust is just one of the twenty four leisure organisations involved in the Community Resuscitation Scheme throughout Greater Manchester.  This is a very positive step in ensuring they can provide vital assistance to their customers should they require it.”

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage the centre on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “We’re extremely proud of the professional way our staff handled this situation. The training and systems we have in place delivered when it really mattered and we’re delighted Patrick is now back home.”