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Editor's Viewpoint: Cleric's heart ordeal shows importance of learning CPR

Editor's Viewpoint

Hospital chaplain Rev Derek Johnston owes his life to the skills of two medical professionals and to a Northern Ireland invention after he collapsed and stopped breathing while playing football.

Two team-mates performed CPR to keep his heart pumping until paramedics arrived with a defibrillator. The lesson, he believes, is that more people should learn CPR as every minute is vital in such cases.

Availability of defibrillators in public places would also be a life-saving initiative. Rev Johnston is a lucky man and is back at work part-time. Not only his team-mates but, as he might expect, someone up above was looking out for him.

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