Jeff Iles might not be alive today if it wasn’t for the quick-thinking actions of a complete stranger. Now Mr Iles wants everyone to consider learning first aid so more lives can be saved.
About a month ago, Mr Iles was playing lawn bowls at the Lavington Panthers Bowling Club when he starting feeling unwell. “I got hot and sweaty and started to sway in the breeze, and then down I went,” he said.
Luckily for Mr Iles, Don Fraser, who knew first aid, was also at the club. Mr Fraser was playing a game on the next lane when he turned around and noticed Mr Iles on the ground. “I raced over there found him non-responsive, not breathing and he started to turn blue,” Mr Fraser said.
He told onlookers to call an ambulance and fetch the defibrillator from the club rooms. Mr Fraser then rolled Mr Isles over, doing chest compressions until the defibrillator arrived. With one shock, Mr Iles heart was brought back into rhythm and he was able to be stabilised until the ambulance arrived.