Defibrillators are not used very often but when they are, they can save lives. In August this year, Markus Henzen had come from Switzerland to Melbourne to visit his daughter Sylvia. He took a trip to South Melbourne Market with his wife and, while shopping, Markus went into cardiac arrest. Luckily our quick-thinking staff were able to attend to him using one of our HeartSine Samaritan defibrillators. Thankfully Markus was able to make a full recovery and has since returned home.
The South Melbourne Market HeartSine Samaritan defibrillators were purchased from our first aid partner, Australia Pacific Training Solutions (APTS). As part of the purchase, the unit comes with the HeartSine Forward Hearts Program – in the event of a successful resuscitation, the manufacturer supplies the survivor with a defibrillator free of charge which is then donated to any not for profit organisation of the survivor’s choice. Markus and his daughter Sylvia Schären chose to donate the defibrillator to Sacred Heart Mission; a local, not for profit organisation that helps to feed the homeless in and around the City of Port Phillip.
Last week, we welcomed Robert Kosic, Program Coordinator Health & Wellbeing from Sacred Heart Mission to South Melbourne Market to accept the donated defibrillator from Sylvia Schären on behalf of her father. Thank you to APTS for providing our first aid training and for the coordination and delivery of the donation defibrillator.