Tin Can Bay golfer Ray Harris (centre) cheated death on the green when he was resuscitated by mate Mark Hehir (left) and Bob Staer.
Tin Can Bay golfer Ray Harris (centre) cheated death on the green when he was resuscitated by mate Mark Hehir (left) and Bob Staer.

Ray's still here thanks to CPR

IT STARTED out just like any another Saturday morning: Ray Harris was at the Tin Can Bay Country Club, playing a round of golf with his mates.

But, in an instant, the leisurely game turned into a life or death situation when the Tin Can Bay resident collapsed on the ground and went into cardiac arrest.

“I remember marking my ball on the edge of the green and that’s about it,” he said.

According to Cooloola Coast ambulance officer Greg Reaburn, the reason Mr Harris is alive today is because of the quick thinking of Mark Hehir and Bob Staer who sprang into action when they saw their mate drop to the ground.

Mr Hehir immediately started giving Mr Harris CPR while Mr Staer organised for an ambulance to be called.

“I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Mr Hehir said.

“I didn’t have any time to think, I just got straight into it. It was the same with Bob – a real team effort.

“I still can’t really believe it happened – it really shows the importance of learning CPR, especially in an ageing community like Tin Can Bay.”

Mr Harris is now recovering at home after undergoing heart surgery in Brisbane and is in good spirits.

“I died on the 5th green on Saturday the 5th at 12pm. The following Saturday at 12pm I was eating at a restaurant, albeit just the salad bar, in Brisbane with my grandkids.”

For ambulance officer Mr Reaburn, the incident was just another reason why everyone should learn CPR.

“This situation proves correctly administering first aid can literally mean the difference between life and death.

“That is why it’s so important the community takes stock and commits to learning this life-saving skill.

“As many of Ray’s family and friends would now know, life-threatening situations can happen at any time – ensuring people know what to do in an emergency can make all the difference and Ray is living proof of that.”

For further information or to book a first aid course (encompassing CPR) phone 1300 369 003, between 8am 6pm, Monday to Friday.



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