Guy Leech promotes the importance of quick access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
He’s known as Australia’s “#1 Fitness Guy.” A world champion in
Ironman and surf lifesaving competitions, his stamina and strength
are famous in the sporting world.
But when his friend suffered sudden cardiac arrest in front of him,
Guy Leech felt something he rarely experiences: being powerless.
In early 2016, Guy and his paddling club were enjoying a beautiful
summer day in Australia’s Manly Harbour. At the end of their
session, one of the kayakers – affectionately known to his friends
as “Chucky” – began to feel shortness of breath and collapsed.
Guy sprang into action.
He performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Chucky’s
chest for 10 minutes as others called for an ambulance. Once the
ambulance arrived, paramedics were able to revive Chucky with
a LIFEPAK® 15 Monitor/Defibrillator. Unfortunately, Chucky never
recovered and passed away after a week in a local hospital.
One of life’s most haunting questions is “What if?” and Guy began
asking himself just that, wondering if faster access to a defibrillator
could have made a difference in saving his friend.
What if there had been an AED somewhere more nearby? Maybe
on the beach? Or in his or a friend’s vehicle?
While he’ll never know for certain if avoiding the wait for
defibrillation would have saved Chucky’s life, Guy believes AEDs
should be in as many places as possible. After learning first-hand
that sudden cardiac arrest can strike anywhere and anytime,
Guy has partnered with Physio-Control to bring AEDs to more
Australian businesses and individuals.
“Personally, I now have the LIFEPAK CR® Plus AED in my car at all
times, and I’m looking forward to joining Physio-Control in bringing
more defibrillators to Australia. I like to think of it as one world
champion joining another,” said Guy Leech.
Complementing his partnership with Physio-Control, Guy is
offering a 30-day “Kick-Start Your Health” program for businesses
that purchase and install an AED program with LIFEPAK® AED
devices on their premises. He will also be available to give
exclusive keynote presentations to businesses about creating
heart-safe workplaces upon request.
“All Australian businesses should offer CPR training and have
access to defibrillators,” said Guy. “With the right training and the
right equipment, employees and customers can potentially save