Lifesaving gift from mother

Dunstable mum Sarah Pyatt and her family with the plaque in memory of her son Jake

Dunstable mum Sarah Pyatt and her family with the plaque in memory of her son Jake

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Dunstable mum Sarah Pyatt has donated a defibrillator to Parkfields Middle School in loving memory of her son Jake Gallagher.

The 16-year-old died three years ago after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The lifesaving equipment works to restore the heart rhythm when this happens.

The earlier a defibrillator is used, the better the chance of survival. The equipment is user-friendly and provides voice prompts to the rescuer.

Sarah is a keen supporter of the Big Shock campaign – launched by national cardiac charity SADS UK to make the equipment avalable in all schools – and has donated a similar machine to All Saints Academy in Dunstable.

Training will be carried out by the East of England Ambulance Service.

SADS UK founder Anne Jolly said: “We’re grateful to Sarah who has given us significant support.

“And we’re pleased that the school will have a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart in case of cardiac arrest.”

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) provides a five percent chance of survival but this increases to more than 50 percent with the equipment.

> More info from SADS UK on 01277 811216 or visit www.sadsuk.org