A Killarney youth has told how his life was saved by friends and the availability of a defibrillator at his local soccer club.
Tom Geaney was only 16 when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the grounds of Killarney Celtic Football Club on December 30th, 2014. His parents, Dr John Geaney and Dr Fiona Gallagher are supporting a pilot campaign that’s being rolled out in Killarney and Kilkenny aimed at getting more people trained in CPR. There are over 1,900 cardiac arrests reported in Ireland each year yet only 6pc of people survive. Killarney GP John Geaney, whose son Tom suffered a cardiac arrest at 16, believes it’s ridiculously easy to improve these statistics if more people trained in CPR and using an AED or automated external defibrillator.
He and his wife, Dr Fiona Gallagher are leading Operation Resuscitation that aims to train 100s of people in the Killarney and Beaufort area in CPR and AED use.
The initiative by the Irish Community Rapid Response is being piloted in Killarney and Kilkenny and supported by the Killarney Cardiac Response Unit, Beaufort Defibrillator Group, Michael Lenihan Heart Safe and the Order of Malta.
Dr Geaney says increasing survival rates to at least 26 per cent is very achievable and people can find out more on their website, orkillarney.com.
Tom Geaney, now 17, says if his friend Brendan Coppinger and coach Eugene Cosgrave had not been trained, his outcome wouldn’t have been as good: