DEWSBURY RANGERS have got a life-saving defibrillator.

Defibrillators have been in the news since March, when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during a televised FA Cup match between Bolton and Tottenham.

Muamba recovered despite his heart having stopped for more than an hour. Following medical advice, he retired from professional football in August.

Following the recent opening of their new £750,000 clubhouse, Dewsbury started raising funds to equip the first aid room.

After working closely with SADS UK, a charity which supports clubs, schools and community groups with superb life-saving equipment, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was delivered to the club.

The AED will allow trained first aiders the ability to try resuscitating a player or spectator who collapses after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “We are pleased that Dewsbury Rangers understand how important it is for clubs to have a defibrillator so that it may be deployed quickly if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

“Unfortunately young people as well as the older population can be affected. If CPR is used it gives a person a 5% chance of survival, but coupled with using the defibrillator it increases the chance of survival to 50%.”

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Steve Wilson, Rangers’ Welfare Officer, added on behalf of the club: “We would like to thank SADS UK for their support in being able to get this equipment, and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service for providing the training.

“Hopefully it will never have to be used, but by having the AED will give us a better chance of saving someone’s life. Twenty seven coaches and club volunteers went through the two and half hour training course, and all said it was worthwhile and felt more confident in being capable of providing vital life support if required.”