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Wisbech couple donate life-saving machine in memory of their daughter




Lifesaving equipment has been donated by Ian and Evelyn Duffy in memory of their daughter Suzanne, who died in 2005 from 'adult cot death'.

Ian Duffy (left) and wife Evelyn with Maathew Parr-Burman former headteacher of Marshland High School when they presented the school with a defibrillator in memory of Suzanne.
Ian Duffy (left) and wife Evelyn with Maathew Parr-Burman former headteacher of Marshland High School when they presented the school with a defibrillator in memory of Suzanne.

The family were keen to donate a defibrillator to the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, as Michelle Knight, their eldest daughter is matron at the centre and will be making the presentation later this month.

The centre currently uses an alternate defibrillator based at North Cambs Hospital, but having their own will reduce valuable time needed to access this life saving equipment in the event of an emergency.

Supported by the national cardiac charity, SADS UK, Mr and Mrs Duffy have raised awareness of SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome), together with funds to instal lifesaving defibrillators in their community. For a number of years the founder of SADS UK, Anne Jolly joined scores of people at charity events hosted by Ian and Evelyn. Their son Steven played drums in the group, 'The Locals', as they paid tribute to Suzanne who died prematurely of SADS.

Band members gave freely of their time, as did Ian and Evelyn who hosted the event in a marquee at their home in Wisbech, providing an amazing buffet and barbecue for those who attended and donated funds to SADS UK in memory of their daughter.

A defibrillator is the only piece of equipment that will restore the heart rhythm. If a person goes into cardiac arrest it is crucial that the person is administered a therapeutic shock delivered by the defibrillator as quickly as possible.

This gives the person the best chance of survival. The Automated External Defibrillator is easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, said: "SADS UK is pleased to support Ian, Evelyn and family who have been dedicated to raising funds to make lifesaving defibrillators available in their community.

"SADS UK is pleased that the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre will be a beneficiary of this potentially lifesaving equipment which can be used to restart the heart if a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but using the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.

"This is why SADS UK and its members are so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in the community."

If you would like further information about funding research into SADS or placing a defibrillator in your community please contact Anne Jolly, SADS UK on 01277 811215 email, info@sadsuk.org web www.sadsuk.org.



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