Foster Welcomes Defibrillator Donation to Enniskillen Rugby Club

MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Arlene Foster, has welcomed the donation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from Belfast-based manufacturer, HeartSine® Technologies to Enniskillen Rugby Football Club.

The HeartSine samaritan® PAD defibrillator will be installed in the rugby club to enable greater public access to vital, lifesaving equipment in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which can strike anyone regardless of age or lifestyle.

Jonathan Balfour, Ekn Rugby Club; Frank Flynn, HeartSine; Arlene Foster

Jonathan Balfour, Ekn Rugby Club; Frank Flynn, HeartSine; Arlene Foster

CEO of HeartSine Technologies, Declan O’Mahoney said:

“It is a common misconception that SCA only affects the elderly or those who are physically inactive, yet reports over the years increasingly show that a number of young sporting personalities who are at the peak of their physical fitness have been affected.

“Recent research has indicated that with CPR alone the chance of survival after suffering a SCA is less than 5%. However, when combined with the use of an AED, such as that donated to the rugby club, survival rate can increase to over 75%.

Declan added:

“We of course hope that no one ever has to use the defibrillator at Enniskillen Rugby Football Club, but we hope that having a device on site will provide peace of mind for players, spectators, families and the local community.”

HeartSine Technologies is active in more than 70 countries across the world. Available in over 30 languages, HeartSine’s automated device talks the responder through the ‘save’ process which can help keep the victim alive until professional medical assistance arrives at the scene.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, Arlene Foster said:

“HeartSine Technologies has experienced huge international success over the years and I am proud that this Belfast-based company has chosen to support our local area with this generous donation.

“My own son received heart surgery as a baby so I appreciate how important it is to ensure every avenue is explored to take preventative action should an emergency situation occur. With 84% of sudden cardiac arrests occurring away from a healthcare setting it is hugely important that we increase public access to lifesaving equipment such as AEDs.  I hope that this donation will encourage other sports clubs, schools and community groups to find out more about defibrillators and how they can potentially save lives.”

Jonathan Balfour of Enniskillen Rugby Football Club said:

“Looking after the welfare of our players and ensuring that they receive the optimum level of care in a medical emergency is of upmost importance to us, so we are extremely grateful to HeartSine Technologies for this generous donation.

“AEDs are extremely easy to use and we are confident we can administer the right treatment to an SCA victim to help increase the chances of achieving the best possible outcome.”

The AED will be located in the Enniskillen Rugby Football Club premises located at Mullaghmeen, Enniskillen, BT94 2HE.