The people who helped save Cobram footballer Daniel McIntyre's life have received Ambulance Victoria commendations.By Jarrod Whittaker
Cobram footballer Daniel McIntyre doesn’t remember the day his heart stopped.
The last thing the 24-year-old playing assistant coach remembers is being picked up for training.
On Thursday, August 1, Mr McIntyre collapsed while preparing to lead a training drill shortly after 6
The quick actions of club volunteers — who performed emergency CPR until paramedics arrived — is credited with saving his life.
It is a day club trainer Steve Tomlinson remembers vividly.
‘‘I got them taped up and they went out,’’ Mr Tomlinson said.
‘‘They’d only been out for 10 minutes or so and a couple of the boys came streaming up and said Daniel had gone down.’’
Mr Tomlinson raced out to the field where he found Mr McIntyre unconscious.
Mr McIntyre’s breathing began to fade and Mr Tomlinson and Brittany Brunskill — a third-year trainee nurse — began to perform CPR.
Qualified nurse Tess Lane phoned 000 and kept emergency services aware of what was happening.
Mr Tomlinson and Ms Brunskill performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
‘‘When the ambos got here .
‘‘It came up as no heart rhythm and shock recommended.
‘‘We didn’t know whether he’d had a brain aneurism or anything at that stage.
‘‘It wasn’t until when they got the heart rhythm back that they said he was in full cardiac arrest.’’
Eventually it was decided to airlift Mr McIntyre to Melbourne’s Northern Hospital and an air ambulance arrived about 7
Looking back towards the clubrooms from across the field, Mr Tomlinson remembers seeing club members gathered along the boundary fence.
‘‘Training had stopped, everyone was just around here,’’ he said.
‘‘The whole place was in an eerie silence almost.’’
Mr McIntyre was placed in an induced coma and spent 16 days in hospital.
He still does not know whether he will play football again.
On Saturday he returned to the club to thank the people who saved his life.
Mr McIntyre said he was overwhelmed by the support he received.
‘‘All the community wanted to put in and get a defib machine,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s not just the support from the footy club but the whole town, they really got around it now.’’
On Saturday Ambulance Victoria commendations were presented to Mr Tomlinson, Ms Brunskill, Ms Lane, club member Michael Bennett and paramedics Michael Bennett and Jason Green.
The group was recognised for its efforts to save Mr McIntyre’s life.
The importance of its actions is not lost on him.
‘‘I owe them a lot — if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here,’’ Mr McIntyre said.
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