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Helping save other lives in Derek’s name

Garry Lee, left, with Derek the CPR doll. He is pictured with Vin Karsondas who has also bought a doll for Bolton ICD Support Group and fund-raiser Tracey Wilkinson

Garry Lee, left, with Derek the CPR doll. He is pictured with Vin Karsondas who has also bought a doll for Bolton ICD Support Group and fund-raiser Tracey Wilkinson

A pensioner whose life was saved when he suffered a heart attack at a football match is helping others save life in his name.

That’s because a CRP doll, which will be used to teach others lifesaving techniques, has been named after him.

Derek Smith went into cardiac arrest when he was leaving the Reebok Stadium following Bolton Wonderers’ clash with his beloved Blackpool last May.

He was saved by PC Garry Lee, who has since retired, off-duty Royal Bolton Hospital nurse, Tracey Garde, and Bolton Arena duty manager Lesley Hough, who came to the scene with a portable defibrillator.

The pensioner, fromBispham, has since made a full recovery.

After his lifesaving efforts, Mr Lee, 52, from Horwich, decided to support Bolton’s Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) Support Group by offering to buy the charity a CPR dummy. He says he learned his own CPR skills on a similar dummy.

He said: “I didn’t feel like I had done anything to support the charity, then I saw on Facebook they needed a CPR manikin and thought ‘that’s what I will do’.

“I thought as a bit of a laugh I would name him Derek after Derek Smith.

“I spoke to his daughter and she said he would love it and would be laughing and joking when he heard.

“If I hadn’t had the CPR training by using a manikin I don’t know what I would have done – the training just kicks in.”

Tracey Wilkinson, fundraising manager for Bolton ICD Support Group, ordered the manikin, which costs around £200.

She said: “The manikins will help massively.

“The one we had was actually from a car boot sale about two years ago and it was coming to the point where we needed a new one.”

The charity trains hundreds of people to do CPR each year.

 

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