What are the chances of a footballer being called on to give lifesaving CPR to a player in the opposing team, not once, but twice in three weeks?
John Galicek, a GP, who is a defender for St Michaels over 45s team in the Northern Suburbs Football Association, on two occasions gave vital heart massage until a defibrillator could be found. At the second incident the team forgot to bring their defibrillator but there was one at the oval.
Mr Galicek said he will now write to Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying state government should oversee the provision and maintenance of the equipment to be used in event of a cardiac arrest.
The first incident was a Division 2 game over 45s fixture between West Pymble and St Michaels at Norman Griffiths Oval, West Pymble.
“We were half an hour into the game when there was a break in play. I am a defender, this other fellow was a defender and players were saying ’emergency,'” he said.