Lancashire sports star’s stepdad revived after cardiac arrest

BACK TO HEALTH: Keith Fairhurst
BACK TO HEALTH: Keith Fairhurst
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The stepdad of squash star Laura Massaro was brought back from the brink of death after collapsing with a cardiac arrest while playing the sport.

Keith Fairhurst, 53, of Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, was playing at David Lloyd Leisure, Chorley, when he suddenly fell to the ground.

ENGLAND PLAYER: Laura Massaro

ENGLAND PLAYER: Laura Massaro

Quick-thinking staff shocked his heart to re-start it and he was rushed to hospital and later had surgery.

Keith’s ordeal came just a year after his friend, Dr Harry Chan, had a cardiac arrest while playing squash at the same gym – and also had his life saved by the defibrillator.

Keith, who has now recovered, today said: “I wasn’t as young, fit or healthy as Harry, but I still didn’t expect it to happen to me.

“If it wasn’t for David Lloyd having the defibrillator and trained staff, Harry and I might not be here.”

I wasn’t as young, fit or healthy as Harry, but I still didn’t expect it to happen to me.

Squash champion Laura, the daughter of Keith’s wife Jill, said: “My family and I are very grateful to staff for saving Keith’s life.

“I hope more leisure clubs acknowledge the need for defibrillators.”

Read the full interview with Keith here