Defibrillators in daughter's memory

The family of a girl from Redditch who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) have pledged to install defibrillators in public places.

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Good basic life support is essential says paramedic

Paramedic Cliff Medlicott joined members of the community in Redditch today, for a course in basic first aids, set up by the family of a 16-year old girl who died of sudden cardiac arrest.

Charlotte Prentice died suddenly in 2010 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) – a heart condition which can kill seemingly healthy young people.

Today the family have organised for West Midlands Ambulance Service to provide free First Aid training in the town.

Cliff says good first aid is essential for keeping the brain oxygenated during a sudden cardiac arrest, and that emergency services should be called immediately.

'Like fire-extinguishers, defibrillators need to be in all schools'

Robert Underwood, a parent of a 16-year old girl who died of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, is campaigning to get defibrillators in all schools.

Contrary to popular perception, a defibrillator actually stops the heart, rather than restarts it, allowing it to naturally regain normal rhythm.

With a defibrillator to hand, a patient has a considerably greater chance of survival.

It's estimated that more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.

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Too many children are dying from sudden death syndrome says MP

The family of a 16-year-old girl from Redditch who died suddenly from an underlying heart condition have pledged to donate defibrillators to local schools in her memory.

Charlotte Prentice died in 2010 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome – a heart condition that kills around 11 under-35s a week.

Today her family organised for West Midlands Ambulance Service to provide First Aid training for people in the town.

Redditch MP, Karen Lumley, wants Britain to have defibrillators in all its schools.

What is Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome?

A family from Redditch have pledged to install defibrillators in the town's schools following the sudden loss of their daughter, Charlotte Prentice, in 2010.

Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS):

  • Caused by irregularities in the heart beat which can cause sudden death in apparently healthy young people.
  • Warning signs include a family history of unexpected deaths under the age of 40, fainting or seizures during exercise or excitement, chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise.
  • The condition is often passed down from parent to child and up to 500 young people die every year.

Defibrillators donated in memory of daughter

Charlotte Marie Prentice Underwood Credit: ITV News Central

The family of a girl from Redditch who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) have pledged to donate defibrillators to schools in her memory.

Charlotte Prentice died suddenly from an underlying heart condition when she was 16-years-old.

Today (Saturday 8 February) her family have organised for West Midlands Ambulance Service to provide First Aid training for people in the town.

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