Make sure every school has a defibrillator!
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Make sure every school has a defibrillator!

    1. Anne Jolly
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      Anne Jolly

      West Horndon, United Kingdom

On 28th May 1998 my beautiful, fit and healthy son Ashley died suddenly from a  cardiac arrest. He was 16 years old and had showed no signs of illness, he rarely suffered from bugs that went around, his immune system seemed impenetrable! Ashley had an enthusiasm for life that inspired those he met; a quiet, gentle boy, someone people could depend upon.    

Despite amazing medical advances since Ashley's death, at least 12 young people a week tragically lose their lives to cardiac conditions that cause a Sudden Arrhythmic Death (SAD).  Overwhelming evidence shows that defibrillators save lives – Fabrice Muamba is still alive due to them - yet only 10% of UK schools have one in the building.

I'm asking for the Government to ensure that there is a defibrillator in every school to prevent other families being devastated by a sudden young death in the way in which my own family was.   

The UK Resuscitation Council suggests a defibrillator should be used within 5 minutes of cardiac arrest, given that the average response time for the ambulance service is 8 minutes, it's vital that schools have a defibrillator within the building. Defibrillators cost around £1,000, isn’t this a small price to pay for equipment that’s been proven to save lives?  

Please sign my petition and make sure there is a defibrillator within every school. You can find out more about the work of charity SADS UK at: http://sadsuk.org.uk/

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    • emma dean SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      My son was struck by lightening at school in sept 2012. Think all schools need them.

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    • Denise Pritchett BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Safety and well being of our children

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    • ANNE STARNS ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      STEPSON RECENTLY DIED OF SADS

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    • dawn rowlands-brough STOKE ON TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      my niece lost her partner to sad in 2013 , he was 26 years old

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    • Marietta Gilkes LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Every one need/deserves the best possible chance of survival

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