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Bereaved parents welcome new defibrillators

Esmee Polmear from Perranporth suffered from a rare condition that wasn't spotted by doctors. Photo: Credit: Family Photo

The parents of a 7-year-old girl who collapsed and died at school have welcomed the installation of the 200th defibrillator in Cornwall in one of its schools.

Esmee Polmear from Perranporth suffered from a rare condition that wasn't spotted by doctors.

Mark and Lynette Polmear. Credit: ITV News

Her parents Mark and Lynette Polmear collected a plaque in memory of their beloved daughter, from a charity that's helping to train children, from their first years at school, how to save lives.

They said that although Esme died 2 years ago, it feels like it happened just yesterday.

Esme died at Perranporth Community Primary School of a rare lung disease.

Teachers tried to resuscitate her but were unsuccessful. There is now a defibrillator at the school and her classmates have been trained by the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity how to do CPR.

The charity presented awards to those who have supported it in rolling out 200 defibrillators across Cornwall as well as training many thousands in life saving techniques.

The charity presented awards to those who have supported it in rolling out 200 defibrillators across Cornwall. Credit: ITV News

One of those life savers was 16 year old Henry Snelson, who remembered those lessons when he gave CPR to his dad when he had a heart attack.

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