Legacy of popular girl grows bigger as store gets life-saving device

Anna and Alan Morgan, the parents of Sarah who died after a cardiac arrest aged 17, are campaigning to see defibrillators put in public places
Anna and Alan Morgan, the parents of Sarah who died after a cardiac arrest aged 17, are campaigning to see defibrillators put in public places
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THE legacy of a girl who tragically died after suffering a cardiac arrest continues to grow.

Last month The News featured the story of 17-year-old Sarah Morgan and soon after her family were inundated with more than £1,000 of donations.

The cash will help pay for a defibrillator to be installed at Tesco superstore, in Solent Road, Havant.

As reported, Sarah collapsed on a bus on her way home from shopping in Waterlooville with her friends.

Despite the desperate attempts of the bus driver, Sarah could not be revived and her parents, Anna and Alan Morgan, had to make the agonising decision a week later to switch off her life support machine.

But a defibrillator – which shocks the heart back into action – could have saved her life.

Since Sarah’s death in March, the couple have helped to raise almost £7,000 and three new defibrillators are now installed at Havant and Chichester bus stations and Portsmouth bus depot.

Anna hopes the defibrillator can be installed at Tesco by the end of October.

Anna, a care manager, of Redwood Grove, Havant, said: ‘The sheer size of the article was completely overwhelming and the response was great.

‘As a result we received over £1,000 in donations towards the purchase of a defibrillator.’

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Georgia Bishop, Sarah’s best friend, had her hair shaved off to raise more money.

The installation of another defibrillator in Havant is yet another step forward in The News’ Heartbeat campaign for more defibrillators.

Judith Peacock, practice manager at Stubbington Green Dental Practice, hopes lives can be saved by the installation of a defibrillator at the surgery.