Friday 19 January 2018

Kerry teenager (17) survived heart attack thanks to pal's quick intervention

Tom Geaney
Credit: Facebook
Tom Geaney Credit: Facebook

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A teenager who suffered a heart-attack has said that his friend's knowledge of CPR saved his life.

Tom Geaney (17), from Muckross in Co Kerry, was coaching the Under-11 Killarney Celtic Football team when he suddenly collapsed on December 30 2014.

Tom had no history of heart problems when he suffered a ventricular fibrillation which led to a cardiac arrest.

Thankfully the Irish Daily Mirror reports that teenager is now back to good health.

However he told RTE's Morning Ireland that had it not been for his friend's quick-thinking he may not be here today.

"It's really essential to have every part of the process, everything being where it's meant to be.

"I'm a living example of successful training.

"Without the training I might not be talking to you.

Tom said there is "a black space there" for about  two weeks before and after the incident.

The teenager spent 36 hours in intensive care and has recently taken a first-aid course in Killarney which equipped him with invaluable skills.

Tom's friend, Brendan Coppinger described how scared he felt as he administered the life-saving treatment.

"I was terrified but I just tried to concentrate.

"We thought it was to do with his chest or breathing.

"None of us realised that it was a heart attack," he said.

Brendan said that the incident had a fantastic outcome.

"There's enough sadness and disaster - this is a good story."

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