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Defibrillator Funds Raised by Heart Attack Victim’s Family

Published on 25th March 2017

The family of man who died of a heart attack at the local tip have raised funds to install a defibrillator at the site of the tragedy.

Eddie Tipper was disposing of garden waste at the garden waste recycling centre in Cheadle when he suffered a heart attack. Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, he couldn’t be saved, the Stoke Sentinel reported.

His family have used the donations they received at his funeral, as well as donations collected at other family events, to purchase a defibrillator for the tip.

Although a defibrillator wouldn’t have saved the 62 year old’s life, his family want to prevent others from having to suffer the same anguish.

“We’d rather not have the defibrillator and have my dad here instead but we’re proud that we’ve been able to do something that could save someone else,” Beth Flashman, Eddie’s daughter, told the newspaper.

She added that the West Midlands Ambulance Service were incredibly helpful in getting the defibrillator installed.

Of course, having a defibrillator is important, but so is advertising the fact so that people know this piece of life-saving equipment is available in an emergency. In Abergavenny in Scotland school children have been designing posters to advertise their new defibrillator.

The Abergavenny Chronicle revealed that a new defibrillator has been installed at Cross Ash School following local fundraising and support from the British Heart Foundation. It is one of three new defibrillators to be introduced in the area.

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