There are countless people alive today because of the vision of a Belfast cardiologist. Professor Frank Pantridge developed the concept of a portable defibrillator, a device which is used to restart the hearts of those suffering particular types of cardiac arrest. That device has been further refined over the years so that now it is virtually automatic and should be installed everywhere that people gather in large numbers.
The late Prof Pantridge and his collaborator Professor John Anderson, who continued his pioneering work, are men whose names are known throughout the world but who never gained the full recognition that they deserved at home. Yet every person whose life has been saved by their invention gives them the greatest accolade of all – their utter gratitude.