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Lifesaving equipment all set for village debut

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN group set up to bring lifesaving equipment to an East Staffordshire village has revealed that it is now getting ready to install two of the devices.

The ‘Saving Hearts of Barton’ campaign was launched last year by Elisabeth Cunliffe after she nearly lost her son William after he collapsed at Thomas Russell Junior School with heart trouble.

The campaign revealed that it has now received two defibrillators – one of which will be placed in the school and the other in Barton Library.

It was also revealed that fund-raising is gathering apace for another unit to be purchased and installed at John Taylor High School.

Mrs Cunliffe said: “I have some good news – have now received the two defibrillators, one for the library and the other for Thomas Russell Junior School.

“I have also decided to provide John Taylor with its own unit so they will not need to go across to the library in the case of an emergency.”

It was revealed in the Mail that 11-year-old William was born with several heart conditions and has had to undergo complex open heart procedures.

Mrs Cunliffe added: “Since his collapse we have realised just how common arrhythmia problems are. They can affect anyone, quite out of the blue.

“Due to this, we have decided that we wanted to raise funds for public defibrillators based at the schools within Barton, where we live.”

A defibrillator takes the chance of survival of a sudden cardiac arrest from five per cent to 50 per cent.

Statistics like this are why Mrs Cunliffe is continuing to urge people to join the ‘Saving Hearts of Barton’ campaign to keep the community and children safe in an emergency.

She said: “The defibrillators will not just bring us peace of mind for William, but will save other lives.

“The ability to assist a cardiac arrest on your doorstep or arrhythmia problems, the ability to save lives at the press of a button could be the ultimate difference.”

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