On 3 April 2016 Paul Burns was caught in two minds. Should he go for a run or play football? He chose the latter. It proved to be a decision that saved his life. For while the 55 year old was at a training event at the ground of Hibernian, the Edinburgh football club, he was struck by a ball which triggered a heart attack. Luckily, the club’s quick-thinking physiotherapist managed to bring Mr Burns back to life with the help of a defibrillator. Had he been running up the Pentland Hills where there would have been no easy access to a defibrillator, chances are Mr Burns would not have pulled through. As he explains, choosing football was “a decision that saved my life. Many thought that I was having an epileptic fit, but they weren’t to know that I was having a massive heart attack which resulted in a cardiac arrest. Thank goodness Kitty and the defibrillator machine were at hand otherwise I would most certainly have died.” The near death experience has had a lasting impact on Mr Burns, who has since launched a campaign to increase the number of defibrillators in public spaces. Already he has beaten his target to raise £5,000 to buy more of the life-saving machines. And in a reversal of roles, the fan has won the support of his football club. A spokesperson for Hibernian said, “We are delighted to support what Paul is doing and would urge people to back what is a very good cause…having more of these machines in public places will undoubtedly help save others in future… The club is delighted he is very much alive and well, thanks to the superb team effort of several of our staff, led by two of our physiotherapists, on that day. The application of the defibrillator undoubtedly saved Paul’s life.” What a save.