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SADS UK donates defibrillator to Watford Market
A charity has donated a defibrillator to Watford Market and has trained staff on how to use it.
Since the death of their son David, who passed away with a heart condition aged just 13, Barrie and Brenda Irons have campaigned tirelessly for the cardiac charity SADS UK to make defibrillators readily available to the community.
Now they have now part-funded one for the market and staff were trained in how to use it during a special session with the East of England Ambulance Service on Thursday.
If a person goes into cardiac arrest it is crucial that the defibrillator is used as quickly as possible to restore the heart rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death. The defibrillator donated is easy to use, giving voice prompts to the rescuer, and it will not deliver the lifesaving shock unless it needs to do so.
Barrie Irons, who attended the training session, said: "Traditionally few establishments have defibrillators or access to them, and with our work through SADS UK we are going some way to addressing this situation and believe this lifesaving equipment should be readily available to save lives in the community."
Anne Jolly, Founder of SADS UK, said: "Barrie and Brenda Irons have raised a lot of awareness in their community, letting people know that cardiac arrest can affect all ages.
"Through their generosity many schools, sports clubs and establishments in the area now benefit from having a defibrillator, along with lifesaving training on the premises.
"If CPR is used it gives a person a five per cent chance of survival, but coupled with using the defibrillator it increases the chance of survival to more than 50 per cent. This is why SADS UK and our members are so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in place."
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