Local gym staff all heart, says Ken
It was the longest 15 minutes of Ken Jury's life. Yet that short period of time was critical after he collapsed while working out at Physiques Fitness Centre in Rototuna.
Although he doesn't remember the 24 hours after the near-death incident last month, Mr Jury knows who to thank.
And to show his appreciation, Mr Jury and the Rotary Club of Te Rapa have contributed $2000 towards the purchase of defibrillator for Physiques.
Mr Jury was coming to the end of his cardio workout and had just started on the rowing machine when he had a heart attack.
Instructor Louisa Horner was doing a one-on-one training session nearby when a gym member told her Mr Jury had collapsed and was having a seizure.
Ms Horner, along with centre manager Aaron Thompson, quickly ran to his aid, put him in the recovery position and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
A gym member ran downstairs to a medical centre and alerted a nurse and doctor who took over CPR until St John Chartwell crew Alisa Robertson and Mark Lee arrived.
Mr Jury said he owed his life to both St John and gym staff.
"I have to acknowledge the skill of the people here and St John who did their job very well. I was very lucky, but I was very lucky because of their skill."
Ms Horner thought nothing of her efforts in helping save Mr Jury's life.
"At the time you just get on and do what you have to do. But when they took Ken away it was like `what did I do there?' and people were saying to me `you just saved his life'. We didn't see it as saving his life, we were just seeing it as doing our job."
Mr Jury, who had been working out at the gym about five times a week with partner Maggie Young, said although he would always remain active he was unsure when he would return to the gym, especially the rowing machine.
"I hope to, but will take medical advice on that."
St John advanced paramedic Mike Pudney said they were keen to have at least one member of every household trained in CPR so it could be used anywhere.
St John and sponsor ASB have announced a further 10,000 free CPR courses for members of the public nationwide. The courses are being held between now and December.