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A family’s plea for CPR training in Schools

A family’s plea for CPR training in Schools

A family whose boy fell unconscious at school and brought back to life after his heart stopped for 25 minutes have urged for education establishments to provide defibrillators and CPR training that could save lives in schools.

Due to quick thinking by some swimming instructors the boy Cade Ewington was rescued when they spotted him unconscious lying down in the water.

A competent swimmer already, became unresponsive during his first school swimming lesson. He had suffered a cardiac arrest but paramedics arrived on scene within 5 minutes to perform life saving CPR. However, Cade did not take his first breath for a whole 25 minutes. He was later diagnosed with a very rare heart rhythm condition which started the cardiac arrest.

Last year Good Morning Britain’s Heal for Hearts campaign with the British Hearts Foundation managed to raise over half a million pounds and has been put towards 432 CPR kits and over 15,000 CPR manikins which are being put into secondary schools and sixth form education establishments throughout the UK.

15th Aug 2016 Christopher Maltby

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