Gym celebrates team for saving life


The Resuscitation Award from the Royal Humane Society will be presented to three fitness professionals at Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre in Twickenham on 21st of May, for having administered lifesaving treatment to Peter Franey, who suffered a cardiac arrest, while on the treadmill. In September 2012, when Peter was a member of the Nuffield Health gym, he suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine exercise workout. Nuffield Health team members, Dave Buchanan, Barry Fleming and Steve Newman, quickly reacted, using a defibrillator and continuous C.P.R. to restart Peter’s heart and keep him breathing until an ambulance arrived to take him to hospital.

Previous General Manager at Nuffield Health, Dave Buchanan, said:

“It was a very intense experience, my training just kicked in and I knew immediately we needed to get him breathing again. Peter was lying on the floorl and rapidly turning blue, time was critical. I am extremely proud of the actions of the team on that day and so happy that Peter has made a full recovery.”

One in three people who have a heart attack die before reaching hospital, according to the British Heart Foundation. It is immediate action and early effective treatment that is imperative to saving lives. The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation. It is with this in mind that Peter wished to put forward the Nuffield Health team for the Resuscitation Award.

Peter Franey, said:

“I feel it is important for community based noteworthy acts to be recognised and that is why I put the team forward for the Resuscitation Award. After my cardiac arrest I was in a coma for three days and have short-term memory loss for the period of time around the incident. However, I am grateful to the quick thinking team at Nuffield Health and the immediate care and support I received. I would almost certainly have passed away had it not been for the actions of Dave, Barry and Steve. Thank you!”