Athol Hann was in the right time and the right place - and had the right training - when an umpire collapsed and stopped breathing during the Rochester versus Benalla game at the weekend.ELAINE COONEY June 25, 2014 3:20am
Athol Hann saved an umpire’s life at the Rochester v Benalla reserves game on Saturday. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Lockington’s Athol Hann believes he happened to be at the right place at the right time when he saved a man’s life on the Moon Oval on Saturday.
Athol, son of Rochester Football Club president Max Hann, returned from his intensive care nursing post in Perth at the end of April.
He was volunteering as a trainer for the club on Saturday when he saw people gather together and instinct kicked in.
Benalla senior assistant coach and club umpire John Martiniello had collapsed and was not responding.
‘‘Luckily his wife was there so I could get a bit of (medical) history,’’ he said.
‘‘There was no response and he wasn’t breathing normally so I did CPR and broke a few ribs,’’ he said.
‘‘I called for the defibrillator and it was already on the way out.’’
Athol followed the defibrillator prompts and administered CPR for a further 10 seconds until Mr Martiniello regained consciousness.
‘‘He was stable, alert, orientated and he was talking to me,’’ he said.
‘‘He had sore ribs and chest, but he was very thankful.’’
‘‘I want to thank everyone that helped. Everyone did their bit,’’ Athol said.
‘‘Without the defibrillator I can only do so much,’’ he said.
‘‘If we didn’t have the defibrillator, he wouldn’t have survived.’’
Max said a family anonymously donated half of the funds for the machine and he was grateful it was on hand.
‘‘We were lucky someone was there who knew what he was doing,’’ he said.
Max said he wanted to have a training night for the club on basic first aid and how to use the defibrillator.
Athol said he would be willing to offer the training.
Max said he believed Mr Martiniello had two stents fitted on Saturday night and seemed to be sitting up ‘‘as large as life’’ in his hospital bed in The Alfred.
The Alfred said Mr Martiniello was in a stable condition yesterday.
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