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.
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.”