Seniors kitting out all teams with defibrillator machines

DEVON Seniors are in the process of equipping all four of their teams with defibrillators in case another player collapses during a game after suffering a heart attack.

Nick Rogers, who plays for Devon Over-60s, suffered a cardiac arrest last month during the game against Hampshire at Warnford near Portsmouth.

Nick RogersThanks to the swift response of players on both sides and the fact Hampshire had a defibrillator at the game, Rogers’ life was almost certainly saved.

After a stay in hospital being treated, Rogers is back home in Torrington now and has caught up with the team during a match.

Chris Theedom, the chairman of Devon Seniors, said acquiring defibrillators became a priority for the club, who run two over-50s’ teams and two at over-60 level.

“The committee decided no matter what the cost, each team must have a defibrillator to take to all games as soon as possible,” said Theedom.

“The first one was kindly donated by Stuart and Katy Lott, and we all owe them many thanks.

“A second defibrillator has been donated by the Devon Cricket Board, who immediately responded as soon as they heard about Nick's cadiac arrest.

“Although defibrillators are costly, we have paid for two more out of club funds. Nick and his family will be making a donation.”

Having got each team kitted out with defibrillators, the next task is to educate players how to use them.

“We will be asking for volunteers from all four teams to attend some training courses, which are vital,” said Theedom.

“Hopefully we will never need to use the defibrillators. What is certain is that they save lives, and we are prepared.”