On Sunday 20th September 2015 my mum, Debbie Hill, passed away while on holiday in Barbados from a sudden cardiac arrest.
In her memory, me and my family wish to raise money to help buy a defibrillator for the local community.
According to statistics from the British Heart Foundation, around 30,000 people in the UK alone have a cardiac arrest each year outside the confines of a hospital.
The chance of survival after the heart stops falls by around 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation, and it can often take the emergency services several minutes (and sometimes longer) to arrive. While it is unlikely that anything could’ve saved my mum, we hope that giving somebody access to a defibrillator could save them and make a positive difference to their life, as well as the lives their of friends and family.
What is defibrillation?
Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the heart. This helps re-establish normal contraction rhythms in a heart that is having dangerous arrythmia or is in cardiac arrest.
Although there is no guarantee that a defibrillator will save a person’s life, it will give them a much greater chance of survival.
In the UK, we are now starting to see defibrillators appear on high streets, in schools and at community centres – but they are very expensive and there is still a long way to go to ensure they appear in every corner of a city, town or village ready for a time when they may be needed.