John 'Shorty' Martiniello is grateful for the quick action of a Rochester trainer and a defibrillator in saving his life.MONIQUE FREER July 2, 2014 3:30am
‘‘I may not have been here; I could easily not have been here.’’
John ‘Shorty’ Martiniello knows how close he came to death.
The Benalla football legend was clinically dead after he went into cardiac arrest while umpiring a reserves game between Benalla and Rochester on Saturday, June 21.
It was only thanks to the quick action of Rochester trainer Athol Hann and the use of the club’s defibrillator that he is here to tell the tale two weeks later.
There were little warning signs for the Benalla Saints great. In the first quarter he developed pins and needles on the inside of his elbows, which moved across his back in the second quarter.
But in the third quarter things deteriorated rapidly, and when he attempted to throw the ball from the boundary he struggled to do so effectively.
‘‘Looking back on it, maybe I didn’t have the strength to throw it straight up,’’ Mr Martiniello said.
‘‘When they threw it back at me was when I knew I was in a bit of trouble because I couldn’t move my legs, and when I caught it, I caught it halfway down and that was it — I kept on falling down to the ground.
‘‘I’ve heard of people seeing the other side or seeing the light. I’m not saying I did, but it was eerie to think that I wanted to get up and push myself up out of whatever I was in.’’
When Mr Martiniello went into cardiac arrest, Mr Hann — an intensive care nurse — began CPR with the assistance of Saints senior player and paramedic Brook Martyn, Mr Martiniello’s daughter Hayley — who is studying paramedics — and several other trained nurses who were spectators at the match.
‘‘Athol Hann was in control and he had people and nurses
‘‘I really admire how Athol went about it and everyone was sort of working together rather than against each other.’’
For full story, see this week’s Ensign.
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.