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Defibrillators in public buildings?

08 May 2012

The Oliver King foundation is currently campaigning for the government to introduce heart defibrillators to public buildings in the hope that they will save hundreds of lives every year. The Foundation was set up by Oliver’s parents in memory of their 12 year old son, who sadly passed away in March 2011 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

The foundation claims that more than a dozen young people die each week from undiagnosed heart problems. The issue seems to have had more publicity recently following the collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba. Fabrice was saved as a direct result of the prompt action of medics around him.

The case of Oliver King highlights the fact that it is not just athletes who can suffer from undiagnosed problems. 

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