A Swiss tourist visiting Melbourne has thanked paramedics and bystanders for helping save his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest in the gym of a Melbourne CBD apartment building.
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More lives than ever are being saved by defibrillators in public areas, according to new research.
Joshua Simpson, 15, survived a cardiac arrest thanks to early CPR and an accessible defibrillator at the basketball arena where he collapsed in December 2018.
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Victorians witnessing a cardiac arrest might find that it’s an off-duty coast guard first on scene to provide lifesaving assistance, with Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) the latest partner to join Victoria’s growing community of GoodSAM responders.