School’s new equipment could help save lives

Left to right: Derren Jones (4), nursery manager Cathy Carley (50), Poppy Wicks (2) and Wanda Steward (36). 

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LIVES in Havant could be saved following an investment in a defibrillator by a secondary school.

Park Community in Leigh Park, which has a community centre on site, has purchased the £1,400 machine which will be at hand to help anyone suffering a heart attack.

It comes just weeks after the dramatic collapse of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba during an FA Cup quarter final.

He would have died had it not been for the immediate treatment on the pitch which included use of a defibrillator.

The machine uses electrical impulses to help restart a heart after it has suddenly stopped.

Susan Parish, Park’s community manager, said: ‘There’s been a couple of reports in the press about children having sudden death syndrome on the playing fields and we made the decision to purchase one.

‘It’s in reception and anyone can use it if they need to. It’s the best insurance policy we will ever have for our staff, pupils and community.

‘It’s in a box, the instructions are very easy to follow.

‘You can’t put a price on somebody’s life.’

The school made its investment six weeks ago, before Muamba’s collapse which has brought the issue into the public eye.

Campaigners say more than a dozen people in the UK die each week from undiagnosed heart problems.

And recently an e-petition was launched to force Parliament to discuss the issue.

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