Woman demands action after partner suffers heart attack at tip
A WOMAN whose partner suffered a massive heart attack has hit out at the lack of defibrillators at Hampshire tips. Truck driver Martin Lucas, 60, was dumping garden waste at the household waste recycling centre at Marchwood when he was suddenly taken ill. He was airlifted to University Hospital Southampton and admitted to intensive care.
However, he has not regained consciousness. Now his partner, Mandy Hobart, is calling for tips to be equipped with defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to the heart if it stops beating normally.
Mandy of Hythe said: “It’s too late for Martin but it might help anyone else who has a heart attack at one of the recycling centres. “People visiting the Marchwood tip have to carry heavy, awkward loads up a flight of metal steps before throwing them into a skip. Many of the people who use the facility are near retirement age or older.”
Martin, a member of Ashlett Sailing Club, was taken ill shortly after arriving at the tip on May 23. Mandy said: “A woman started CPR straight away and another member of the public helped with mouth-to-mouth. An ambulance car was there pretty quickly but his heart didn’t start beating properly again until the air ambulance got him to hospital.
“The staff at the tip were absolutely brilliant and did everything they could to help. “I went there a couple of days later to thank them and was amazed to discover they didn’t have a defibrillator. I’m not saying it would have made a difference but it might have done.
“I want the next person who has a heart attack at one of the tips to be given a much better chance. “Organisations which run facilities that are used by members of the public have a responsibility to protect them.” Marchwood county councillor David Harrison added: “It’s obvious a defibrillator should be installed on site – they are life-saving items of equipment.
“There must be an increased risk of heart attacks when people carrying things to deposit in the skips are asked to climb up and down metal steps, especially in hot weather.” Cllr Edward Heron is leader of New Forest District Council and executive lead member for transport and environment strategy at Hampshire County Council. He said: “I was sorry to learn that a resident suffered a heart attack at one of our recycling centres.
“I can confirm that the installation of defibrillators is something our contractors, Veolia, are working on with a view to having those in place at the earliest possible opportunity.” A message from the Editor Thank you for reading this article – we appreciate your support in reading the Daily Echo.
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