Defibrillators for Lostwithiel thanks to fundraising effort
TWO lifesaving defibrillators should be installed in Lostwithiel soon thanks to a fundraising drive by the town's mayor Gill Parsons and the local Rotary club.
The devices are scheduled to be placed outside the community centre and the Co-op store.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
AEDs are lightweight, battery-operated, portable devices that are easy to use. They come with instructions and will even give voice prompts to let you know if and when you should send a shock to the heart.
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When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10 per cent.
An appeal was launched earlier this year by the town's police community support officer, Natalie Phillips, to purchase defibrillators for Lostwithiel, prompting Mrs Parsons to raise money through her mayor's charity fund.
They cost around £1,400 each, and Mrs Parsons has reached that total after a successful Mayor's Ball held in the community centre.
Mrs Parsons said: "People in Lostwithiel are so generous and the ball raised £1,200. With other events I've organised in the last couple of months, I now have more than enough money for the defibrillator.
"The Rotary club is also raising money for one, and I think it is close to purchasing one too."
PCSO Phillips became aware of the need for more AEDs in local towns and villages after an incident last Easter when a man collapsed after suffering a heart attack. She and a colleague commenced CPR until paramedics and the air ambulance arrived, but the man later died in hospital.