Defibrillators save lives. They can keep a patient alive for vital minutes while the emergency services arrive.
Three schools in Manchester have worked together to provide defibrillators to ensure the safety of students and staff who may have known or as yet undiagnosed heart conditions.
This all came about through Pamela Statham and her daughters Jessica and Frankie, who all have Long QT syndrome; a rare but serious heart condition that can disrupt heart rhythm.
Pamela and her daughters, as well as three other members of their family, were diagnosed with the disorder after her 10-month-old son Jamie, who Pamela suspects also suffered from Long QT, died in his sleep in 2007.
Their sad story led to 12-year-old Jessica’s school Buile Hill College, her former school Light Oaks Junior and Frankie’s school St Johns’ Primary getting the defibrillators as well as first-aid training for staff and pupils. Continue reading