Of the Southern Star

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Alex Blackwell, the Aussie eves all-rounder, has made quite a name for herself on cricket field but this Southern Stars' (Oz women's team) player shone off-the-field too.

The 24-year-old former medical student, who is currently in England for her county stint with Berkshire, had a day to remember recently when she put her medical training to practice.

Blackwell was playing a league match few days back at Shepparton Cricket Club when all the drama unfolded.

Inclement weather ensured players remain indoors. An 80-year-old club patron, John collapsed and people in the vicinity pressed for emergency first aid.

"Myself and another player, Louise, rushed over and immediately knew this man was in a great deal of trouble. With no breathing and absent pulse we had to commence CPR," Blackwell told the Cricket Australia official website cricket.com.au.

The Wagga Wagga (NSW) born batting all-rounder is no stranger to life in the medical world, she spent four years doubling her cricket training with medical classes and although had never been confronted with such a scenario in real life, she was confident in putting her training to practice.

"Fortunately I have gone through my fair share of training while studying medicine; Louise was on compressions while I was delivering mouth to mouth," she said.

"We continued CPR for nine minutes, and to be honest I thought we had lost him, but we just kept going until paramedics arrived and were ready with the defibrillator."

The 24-year-old Alex breathed a sigh of relief when she was told that the octogenarian cricket buff was on recovery path.

John"s son was very appreciative of what I and Louise did.

"It was such a great feeling to hear that John had managed to pull through and that Louise and I had managed to keep him going till help arrived," the relieved cricketer with medical background said.


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