Defibrillator presented to Marshland High School by couple whose daughter died of SADS
A DEFIBRILLATOR has been presented to Marshland High School thanks to the generosity of a couple whose daughter died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). Ian and Evelyn Duffy of Walton Highway visited the school to hand over the defibrillator bought wit
A DEFIBRILLATOR has been presented to Marshland High School thanks to the generosity of a couple whose daughter died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
Ian and Evelyn Duffy of Walton Highway visited the school to hand over the defibrillator bought with some of the money raised at a barbecue they held in August.
Their daughter Suzanne who died four years ago aged 32 was a former pupil at the school and her son Cameron is currently a student there.
Mr Duffy said SADS had recently hit the headlines with the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gatley who is thought to have died of the syndrome.
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He explained to students that the defibrillator could be used to restore normal rhythms of the heart.
Mr Duffy said: "In previous years the money has gone to Papworth Hospital to fund research, but this year we decided to spend the money locally where we could see the benefits. When I approached the school I was told it would like to have a defibrillator but didn't have the money to buy one.
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"Well, now you have got one and where I would normally say that I hope you find it useful, on this occasion, I hope you don't have to use it. However, if you do have to use it, it will be worth its weight in gold.