Welsh Hearts aims to equip people with vital emergency and life-saving skills, including training on how to safely use a defibrillator – the knowledge and actions that could save a life.
We offer free CPR and defibrillator training to communities all over Wales and all training is delivered by qualified professionals who are practicing in Wales. Children 10 years old and above are also welcome to attend with their parents. With your donations we can provide more CPR training sessions throughout Wales.
With your help this Christmas we can help save more lives across Wales!
Every second counts if you are in cardiac arrest. There are 8,000 sudden cardiac arrests outside of hospitals every year in Wales and the survival rate is just three percent, when an AED defibrillator and good effective CPR is carried out the survival rate increases to 50 percent.
READ FRANK BROCKS STORY
Frank Brock is a man who owes his life to a defibrillator!
An 80 year old man whose life was saved by a defibrillator and a bystander passing by during a serious cardiac arrest at Cardiff Central Station. Frank Brock, who lives in Rumney in Cardiff, was picking up a friend at the busy railway station in February 2016 when he suffered a cardiac arrest and his heart stopped beating.
While his friend alerted staff, a bystander found Mr Brock unconscious in the car at the back of the station and was carefully assisted in moving him to the ground to begin CPR and were immediately joined by the staff who brought the station’s defibrillator or AED – a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest using electrical therapy on the heart to re-establish its rhythm.
A Defibrillator/AED can be used by any member of the public as the machine talks you through the process. The bystander turned out to be Dr O’Callaghan, a cardiologist who was picking up tickets at the station and jumped out of his car to perform CPR and use the defibrillator to restart Mr Brock’s heart.
Mr Brock hopes that sharing his experience will help to raise awareness of the importance of public defibrillators in schools and communities and encourage more people to donate and support Welsh Hearts, the Welsh charity dedicated to the cause.
“I have no recollection of that day,” said Mr Brock, who had triple heart bypass surgery when he was 40 years old. “I didn’t feel unwell and it was completely unexpected. I cannot thank the staff at Cardiff Central Station and Dr O’Callaghan enough for everything that they did for me. They were incredible. But, even with their best efforts, I know that without that defibrillator I would have been very unlikely to survive.”
“I thank my lucky stars that I was at the station when it happened. My friend wasn’t due in until 10.30pm that evening but she managed to catch an earlier train that saw her arrive at 8.30pm instead. That’s how I found myself at the station at that time, otherwise I would have been home alone when it happened and I wouldn’t have made it.”
With your help this Christmas you can remember a loved one who has suffered with heart conditions and donate to a cause that hopes to help communities across Wales by providing defibrillators, offer free CPR sessions and host more heart screening sessions .
With your donations this Christmas you can help save more lives across Wales and
help fund more CPR sessions.