Mother calls for defibrillators in all schools after son’s collapse

When Josh Wheelhouse, 15, collapsed at school, it was only the fast actions of staff that saved him. With no previous signs of heart conditions, Josh was lucky to be resuscitated by staff with CPR training.

His mother, Tracy, wants all schools to have automated external defibrillators on their premises. “Until the day he collapsed, we weren’t aware he had a problem… this happened out of the blue.”

Many cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur in seemingly healthy people – and often youngsters, with more than 15 young people in the UK dying every single week from SCA. The best chance of survival is an automated external defibrillator, designed to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.

For the full story and video, visit the BBC article here.


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