Cunningham backs defibrillator call.

18 08 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham backed the proposal before Moyle District Council calling for defibrillators to be installed at all Council sports and community facilities in Moyle.
A defibrillator is a non-invasive device that uses electrode patches placed on the chest to deliver a small electric pulse to restart heart function.
Last season Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba, suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton. This incident and the player’s subsequent rehabilitation, refocused public consciousness on sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) – a disorder which closer to home had caused the deaths of Tyrone gaelic footballer Cormac McAnallen and Armagh college rugby player John McCall.
“SADS is no respecter of age or apparent fitness, so if a small piece of equipment used by a trained operator can save one life, we should be secure in the knowledge that all our leisure facilities have one.”

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