Award for Chorley coach who saved doctor’s life

WELL DONE: Chris Swain, right, receiving his award from David Lloyd Leisure's group property director Paul Guyer

WELL DONE: Chris Swain, right, receiving his award from David Lloyd Leisure's group property director Paul Guyer

First published in News Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A sports coach who helped save a doctor’s life when he suffered a heart attack while playing squash, has been given an award.

David Lloyd Chorley lead coach Chris Swain, has won David Lloyd Leisure’s Team Member of the Year Award for 2013.

Chris was among a team of staff who gave assistance to intensive care registrar Dr Harry Chan after he collapsed at the club in Whittle-le-Woods last year.

He was first on court with the club’s defibrillator machine and, helped by other team members, he managed to deliver the shock which restored Dr Chan’s heart rhythm before paramedics arrived.

Chris said: “It’s an amazing feeling winning. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of everyone at Chorley and the training that David Lloyd Leisure offers to its team members.”

David Lloyd Chorley general manager Toby Durston added: “It is amazing what Chris has achieved in his working year and his actions in saving Dr Chan’s life are phenomenal – it highlights the importance of our team members being trained and prepared for any situation.

“There aren’t many people who can say they have saved someone’s life during their working day and Chris should be extremely proud of himself, he’s a credit to our organisation.”

The company has defibrillators in all its clubs and provides regular training in their usage.

Each year, nearly 2,000 team members are trained to use this equipment. Since installing defibrillators in David Lloyd Leisure clubs 15 years ago, they have been used to save nearly 100 lives.

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