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Young Mold Golf Club member commended for saving life of heart attack victim with clubhouse defibrillator

A YOUNG lady golfer has been commended by officials of Mold Golf Club for saving the life of a fellow member who collapsed with a heart attack in the clubhouse.

Beth Davies, 23, took charge of the situation when semi-retired businessman Arfon Edwards fell to the floor unconscious and his heart stopped, minutes after he had arrived at the clubhouse in Pantymwyn.

She quickly assessed the situation and applied resuscitation techniques before using a defibrillator, stored in the clubhouse, to restart Arfon’s heart. She continued to monitor the situation until the arrival of paramedics.

Arfon is now recovering after a triple by-pass operation for a previously undiagnosed condition and looking forward to resuming playing golf in the new year.

Arfon said: “Beth’s prompt action undoubtedly saved my life. She acted with courage, maturity and great presence of mind in taking charge of the situation and I’m extremely grateful to her.

“I also want to thank other members who helped that evening as well as golf club officials for having the foresight to acquire the defibrillator and make time for its staff to be trained to use it.”

Beth, who now works at the Plas Hafod Hotel in Gwernymynydd, said: “It was very rewarding to be able to use my defib training to save a life. I now hope to further develop my skills in other aspects of first aid.”

Mold Golf Club president John Hughes has presented Beth with a letter of commendation in recognition of her efforts.

He said: “She was trained to use the defibrillator when she was assistant professional at the club and didn’t hesitate to use that training to such good effect.”

The defibrillator, donated to the club by the Welsh Ambulance Service, has now saved the lives of two golfers – 76-year-old Trevor Slinger was similarly revived with the machine just a few months before Arfon’s collapse.

Mr Hughes said: “This latest incident is a further demonstration of the importance of having defibrillator machines with personnel trained to use them in sports clubs and, indeed, in as many public areas as possible.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust says there are 40 defibrillators registered for community use through trained volunteers in North Wales with the majority of the machines being provided by organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and through local fundraising efforts.

Mold Golf Club manager Chris Mills said: “The Welsh Ambulance Service, through paramedic, Jon Cross, have trained myself and seven other members of staff in using the defibrillator and we’re delighted it’s been put to such good use on two occasions.”

Jon Cross added: “Not many golf clubs have the machines but, following the incidents at Mold, a lot more are expressing an interest.

“The key is having a sufficient number of volunteers willing to be trained up to use them and if more North Wales golf clubs or other organisations want to take up the opportunity of having a defibrillator on their premises they can contact me for advice on 07956 441570.”