By Kris Jepson
A new app with simple instructions of how to conduct cardio-pulminary resuscitation (CPR) is set to be launched in memory of a North Tyneside man.
Paul Gardner, from North Shields, died on his 24th birthday when he got into difficulties whilst swimming on the coast of Ibiza last August.
Tragically, he was the only one of his group of friends who knew how to carry out CPR. His family vowed to raise awareness of the live saving method and they are about to launch the new app in the coming weeks.
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The new app has an 'Emergency' section, which can be located with one click.
The application includes swipe technology, maps identifying the nearest defibrillators in North Tyneside and cutting edge 3D 'augmented reality' videos illustrating to potential life savers how to conduct CPR.
App developers have worked on the system for several months and explained how it will include different videos illustrating how CPR can be carried out on adults, children and babies.
The app is expected to launch in the coming weeks, once the videos have been approved by Billy Ions and finalised.
It is the latest initiative of his campaign to raise awareness of CPR and build on his step-son's legacy.
Last year, he teamed up with the Tumbles and Grumbles Children's First Aid Group and last month he unveiled five new defibrillators which have been installed in different areas of North Tyneside.