Family of fallen teen pushes for CPR, AEDs
Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Another key milestone for Joe's Trust as a number LCC sports staff took part in the BHF Heartstart CPR instructors training course to deliver the Joe's Mini- Heartstart 4 sports CPR training programme to city based community sports clubs.
This coincided with another press article on yet another tragic loss of precious young life due to an undiagnosed heart condition and the importance of immediate CPR and access to a defibrillator:
TWO words separated 17-year-old Morgan Wilson from life and death, her parents believe: if only.
- If only the tennis centre where she suffered a fatal heart attack had a defibrillator.
- If only someone had administered CPR in the precious minutes before paramedics arrived.
This is yet another one of the many reminders about how the current landscape in the UK also has to change to improve the current low rates of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest and as we now know since the tragic loss of Joe in 2012 that it can also happen without any warning to fit and healthy young people.
Alongside the Trust's key partnership work with the Leicester–shire Secondary Schools Heartsafe project, the Joe's Mini HeartStart 4 sports lifesaving programme with local sports clubs also challenges the current status-quo to ensure all sports club members, including players, are equipped with the CPR skills to ensure the up most safety and welfare of young people playing sport in the community.
"Parents should make sure that those entrusted with their children's care know CPR and are prepared to administer it," said a prepared message from the Wilson family. "Ask whether their schools and athletic facilities have automatic defibrillators on site. Please, do not be afraid to ask."