A lifesaving defibrillator has arrived at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds following a fund-raising campaign by students.
Teachers were shown how to use the high-tech gadget, which analyses a patient’s heartbeat and only administers a shock when it is abnormal, on Friday.
In December, Kegs student Sammy Manning, a friend of Stowmarket High School student Lily Webster who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in 2012, raised £786 for heart charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.
This effort was followed up by a 14 mile charity walk organised by English teacher Georgie Brigden and school house Melford College which raised £3394.40 to buy the defibrillator and ongoing training through charity SADS UK.
Student Craig Bayfield, who ‘died’ for 27 minutes after his heart stopped in February last year, said the more that can be done to improve lifesaving training the better.
He said: “My mum and brother saved me last year - if it wasn’t for their first aid training they may have not been able to save me.”
Anne Jolly, founder of the cardiac charity SADS UK said: “The donation and placement of defibrillators in schools is absolutely crucial as sudden cardiac arrest can affect a person of any age, even children.
“The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign urges Government to legislate for defibrillators to be placed in all schools.
“We are delighted that King Edward V1 School is supporting the SADS UK Big Shock Campaign and have put a defibrillator on their school premises.
“Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but using the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.’
Click here to see a video students at the school have made about Mother’s Day.