Australia: Queensland trainer Gary ‘Jack’ Duncan says he is “lucky to be alive” after suffering a heart attack during a race meeting at Doomben last month.
Duncan’s heart stopped when he collapsed after the first race and bystanders worked so hard to save him by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that his ribs were broken.
The trainer, now recuperating at home after undergoing surgery to insert two stents, recounted his ordeal to the Steve Hewlett Morning Show on Radio Tab Australia.
“I turned up to the races with four horses, pulled my truck up and started unloading when I felt my throat tighten up,” he said. “I had a couple of sips of water and still felt a bit funny and the next thing I more or less passed out. I just had a heart attack.
“A couple of young fellas that own Adonisea were there. They had only done a refresher [first aid] course last week and they really saved me. It was lucky they weren’t at the bar. Without them I probably wouldn’t be here.
“They just started working on me. They worked pretty hard on me. I’m pretty sore. I think they broke a few ribs. They worked on me for ten minutes or so before I came round. Then the blokes came over with the defibrillator.”
Duncan has trained 285 career winners and is based at Sunshine Coast.
“They kept me going until the ambulance came,” he said. “Without them fellas I’m sure I wouldn’t be here. It’s a good thing it happened where it did. I’m lucky to be alive.”