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Having advanced resuscitation facilities at end of marathons does not guarantee survival

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:581
  1. L C Luke, consultant in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP

    EDITOR—I feel great sympathy for the parents of Anna Loyley, who died suddenly after finishing the Bath marathon.1 The details are unclear, but it seems to be accepted that her sudden cardiac death might have been avoided through appropriate use of the (available) automatic external defibrillator Nevertheless, the scapegoating of the doctors (and presumably the St John Ambulance workers) involved in the case is …

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