Crail heart attack survivor spreads the gift of life

From left, Emma Scott, Mrs Doreen Scott, Graham Rose (Club Captain) and Gillian Duncan
From left, Emma Scott, Mrs Doreen Scott, Graham Rose (Club Captain) and Gillian Duncan

The Scott family in Crail was relieved that mum Doreen survived a cardiac arrest earlier this year thanks to having access to a community defibrillator.

So it was with a great pleasure that Doreen discovered that, through her family’s prompt life-saving actions, her village will benefit from having a second public access defibrillator in a prominent position.

The new defibrillator at Crail Bowling Club.

The new defibrillator at Crail Bowling Club.

Gillian Duncan, from East Neuk First Responders, explained that manufacturer HeartSine has a scheme called Forward Hearts which donates a defibrillator to anyone saved by one of its machines.

They can then donate it to a charity/group of their choice to place in the community and hopefully save another life.

Gillian said: “We are delighted that Mrs Scott has donated the defibrillator to the First Responders and that we in turn have been able to place it at Crail Bowling Club.”

Obviously ‘bowled over’ at the donation, club captain Graham Rose said: “We are very pleased to have one of these life-saving machines located at our club although we hope it is never needed.

“We would like to thank Doreen, East Neuk First Responders and HeartSine for making this possible.”

Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Britain is very poor and by placing public access defibrillators (PADs) and raising public awareness, the First Responders hope to change this so many more people could be survivors like Doreen Scott.

It was on New Year’s Day that Doreen (76) collapsed at home.

It could have been a tragedy but instead her life was saved by her family knowing there was a public access defibrillator in Crail and where it was sited.

While daughter Emma called for an ambulance and began CPR, dad David raced to get the defibrillator, which he retrieved with the help of neighbour Martin Paterson.

When they arrived back, Emma used the defibrillator to give her mum a shock, which started her heart beating normally again.

Gillian said: “When someone is in cardiac arrest every second counts, the quicker a shock from a defibrillator can be delivered the better the chance of survival.”