THROB Defilbrilator saves 15 year old boys life


Two heroic Magnet Leisure Centre employees saved a 15-year-old boy's life on Saturday after he collapsed on a treadmill and his heart stopped beating.

Teenager Stephen Proffitt has suffered from a serious heart condition since birth and had a cardiac arrest while exercising at the centre in Holmanleaze.

Deputy manager Daniel Houston and senior recreation assistant Phil Starr raced to his side and used their first aid training and the centre's 1,500 defibrillator machine purchased by THROB to bring him back to life. Paramedic's said the men's quick-thinking saved him and the boy's father David has personally thanked them and branded them 'heroes' but they have both said they were 'just doing their job'.

Stephen, of Shirley Road Maidenhead, was born with a rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus in which one of the two main arteries in his heart failed to develop. 

He was later transferred from Wexham Park Hospital to Great Ormond Street and doctors were considering whether to implant a permanent defibrillator into his chest.


It is clear without the generous support THROB invests in your local Lesiure facilities and training the outcome may have been different.