School is given life-saving tech

Pumping Marvellous: Pupils from Lever House Primary School with the defibrillator from charity
Pumping Marvellous: Pupils from Lever House Primary School with the defibrillator from charity

A Leyland Primary School has received a life-saving defibrillator, after joining a charity project to become a Heart School.

Staff and pupils at Lever House Primary in Bristol Avenue have undergone training on how to use the automated external defibrillator (AED), as well as how to give CPR, and what to do if someone starts to choke.

The Heart School scheme is run by Hapton-based heart failure charity Pumping Marvellous, which approached Lever house Primary after hearing that former pupil Mirren Terry had suffered cardiac arrest aged 10.

Mirren, now 14 and a pupil at Balshaw’s CofE High School, survived after collapsing at school, thanks to 20 minutes of CPR work and an AED shock.

Nick Hartshorne-Evans, founder of Pumping Marvellous, said: “The school bought an AED after what happened to Mirren, but since they joined up to be a Heart School, we decided to replace it with a new, upgraded version.

“The machine hangs off wall brackets for easy keeping, and has pads that make it suitable for children under eight.

“There is also an A3 sign pointing to where it is, incase medics should ever be looking for it.”

The £900 AED has been funded by the Co-operative group, which has donated £4,000 in support the charity’s aim to get a device in every primary school in Lancashire.

As part of the agreement to have the AED, Lever House Primary is now obliged to send information leaflets about the device’s availability to all homes and businesses within a one minute and 30 second walking distance.

The AED will also be included on a map through the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) CPad network.

“This means that when people dial 999 the emergency operator will be able to direct the responder to the AED.

Mr Harthorne-Evans added: “On average 12 young people die from a cardiac arrest every week in the UK, and we can’t stand by and let this continue.

“By providing hands-on only CPR and an AED within four minutes of the incident, the person’s survival chances with the combination of treatments is currently 43 per cent in the UK.

“In Seattle, on the west coast of the US, they have been teaching basic life saving skills to children in schools on the curriculum for 36 years.

“If you collapse within the city limits of Seattle from a cardiac arrest you have an 89 per cent chance of survival.”