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Oliver's dad explains why defibrillators are so vital

Oliver King who was 12 when he died after winning swimming race Credit: ITV Granada

MPs will today debate a call for live-saving defibrillators to be placed in all schools.

It follows a campaign by the parents of Oliver King, from Liverpool.

The 12-year-old died five years ago after a sudden cardiac arrest whilst swimming.

The Oliver King Foundation was set up with the aim to see a defibrillator in every school. HIs father Mark explains why they are so important.

NWAS demonstrate how to use a defibrillator

A campaign to make sure you're never more than four minutes away from a life saving defibrillator has launched in Manchester.

The HeartSafe zone covering the Piccadilly area of Manchester launched today.

In this video the North West Ambulance Service demonstrate how to use a defiblirator.

Read: 'HeartSafe' campaign launched in Manchester


Manchester to become UK's first 'Heartsafe' city

Defibrillator Credit: PA Images

A number of defibrillators are being installed across Manchester as part of a campaign. More than 80 people in businesses across the Piccadilly area have been specially trained as part of the 'heartsafe' initiative. The aim is to ensure lifesaving equipment is never more than a few minutes away.

According to the NHS someone in the UK has a heart attack every 2 minutes and last summer, the British Heart Foundation released figures which revealed Manchester to be the heart disease capital of the UK. It'll now become the country's first 'Heartsafe' city.

Bus stop defibs installed in Manchester

Bus stop defibs installed in Manchester Credit: PA

A number of defibrillators are being put at bus stops in Greater Manchester. Transport for Greater Manchester has worked with the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust to install the lifesaving automated external defibrillators at 16 staffed bus stations and interchanges.

Transport staff have been trained to operate the emergency equipment which can be used to restart someone's heart if it stops beating. The North West ambulance service say they want everyone to be within four minutes of the devices.

Father of schoolboy Oliver King to meet Health Secretary

Oliver King died after a swimming lesson at his school Credit: ITV Granada

The father of tragic Liverpool schoolboy Oliver King is to finally be given a meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The long-awaited head to head comes after many attempts by the Oliver King Foundation to get a chance to put their case for the need for defibrillators in all schools.

Oliver died in 2011 aged 12, while swimming in the pool at King David High School in Childwall.

His family and the Foundation's supporters believe his life may have been saved if a defibrillator had been on hand.

So far, hundreds of defibrillators have been installed in Merseyside schools, but these have been paid for by local councils.

The government has not yet met the campaign's demands to make them compulsory, but it is now urging schools to buy them.

Quick thinking dentist's receptionist saves patient's life

Dentist's receptionist Charlotte Anderson-Hughes Credit: Men Syndication

Charlotte Anderson-Hughes used a defibrillator on patient Simon Walker from Hyde when he collapsed in the MIDHS dental practice in Mossley. When it became clear the ambulance was not going to arrive in time Charlotte and dentist Chandra Metha started CPR.

Simon Walker at Wythenshawe Hospital with his daughter Credit: Men Syndication

Charlotte said "We got the defibrillator and used it twice. It was only then that we got a pulse. You just say to yourself, keep going, keep going or he's going to die. We do the first aid training but never think you're going to have to use it."

Mr Walker was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital.

He is now recovering and speaking from his hospital bed he thanked Charlotte and Chandra he said

"How I can pay them back for what they did is impossible to say. My family are over the moon I'm still here I only walked to the dentist because I thought the exercise wouldn't do me any harm."


Father takes defibrillator campaign to Downing Street

The father of a 12 year old boy, who died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest at school, has gone to Downing Street to press for action from the government.

Mark King believes his son Oliver would be alive today if there had been a defibrillator available.

He delivered a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by among others, the Liverpool player Steven Gerrard.

The call is for defibrillators at all schools and sports centres. Alison Mackenzie reports.

Gerrard signs letter to PM calling for more defibrillators

Oliver King

Campaigners calling for defibrillators in all schools and public places are heading to Downing Street today to press their case.

It follows the death of a schoolboy from Liverpool. 12 year old Oliver King died after he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2011.

His dad Mark, and Oliver King Foundation patron Councillor Jake Morrison, will deliver a letter signed by footballer Steven Gerrard, calling for a debate to be heard in the House of Commons on putting defibrillators in schools.

Steven Gerrard Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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