Who saved Fabrice Muamba's life?

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1. The man I owe my life to

A person lying prostrate after a sudden cardiac arrest, surrounded by others frantically trying to revive them. This is a scene that became very real to me when I collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur six years ago, on 17 March 2012.

The medical staff who treated me that night were incredible and I will forever be indebted to them. But I also owe my life to Professor Frank Pantridge, the man who invented the portable defibrillator; a device that has helped save millions of lives across the world over the past 50 years.

It’s now half a century on from the first time Frank Pantridge's portable defibrillator was used in an ambulance. So how did his invention come about and what is his legacy today?

2. The father of emergency medicine

Frank Pantridge's portable defibrillator has been used to save lives around the world, leading to him being dubbed 'the father of emergency medicine'.

3. The night I 'died'

It was six years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. 17 March 2012 is a date that will be forever etched in my mind, as it was the day my life changed completely when my heart stopped for 78 minutes.

Fabrice Muamba reflects on the night when he was 'clinically dead' for more than an hour.

4. Pantridge's influence today

Frank Pantridge was a remarkable man. Even before he began his medical career, he had fought in World War Two, where he received the Military Cross and survived brutal conditions in a Japanese POW camp.

He died in 2004, but his contribution to cardiology lives on. Portable defibrillators are used throughout the world to save lives today, and the process emergency departments still use to treat out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is referred to as the 'Belfast Protocol'.

The late Professor John Anderson worked with Frank Pantridge in Belfast during the 1960s and 70s. He founded HeartSine Technologies in 1998, which manufacturers defibrillators (also known as automated external defibrillators - AEDs). Every life saved by a HeartSine defibrillator is recorded by the firm (who recently merged with the Washington based company Physio-Control). When data from the device is relayed back to Northern Ireland, the people who made it are given a round of applause.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%, so it is vital we continue to build on Frank Pantridge's legacy by having more portable defibrillators readily available.