LIFESAVER: SBcare staff member Danni Whye, Greg Brown and Rotary Kingaroy President Ray Pitt.
LIFESAVER: SBcare staff member Danni Whye, Greg Brown and Rotary Kingaroy President Ray Pitt. Contributed

Club's donation saves man's life

SOUTH Burnett man Greg Brown owes his life to a donated defibrillator and staff at SBCare who restarted his heart.

Mr Brown was attending a social group at SBcare when he went into cardiac arrest.

A quick response by the staff at SBcare and the availability of an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator donated by Kingaroy Rotary saved his life.

Danni Whye sprang into action and applied the emergency defibrillator and Mr Brown is thankful for the help.

"It was great that someone could help me and the machine was there,” he said.

Kingaroy Rotary donated the defibrillator to SBcare two years ago to be accessible to both the users of the hall and the clients and staff of SBcare.

Rotary president Ray Pitt said although it was not the first time the device had been out of its case, it is certainly the first time it has been used for its intended purpose.

"It is rewarding to know that the work Rotary does to support our communities can have an impact as large as saving a life,” he said.

"We have donated many of these AEDs amongst our community and hope that the need is never there but if it is that the equipment can save lives as intended.”

SBcare CEO Cheryl Dalton thanked everyone who contributed to the incident and noted the quick response by staff and the timely attendance of emergency services created a great outcome.

"Although the staff play down their role in supporting our clients it is humbling to know that SBcare have such intuitive and responsive staff who really do make a difference to lives,” she said.

South Burnett

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