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Beardwood Hospital funds life-saving defibrillators

4 May 2017

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Two life-saving defibrillators, funded by BMI The Beardwood Hospital, have been installed outside Ewood Park.

One is next to Blues Bar at the Blackburn End, with the other located at Darwen End of the stadium.

Rovers stars Marvin Emnes and Lucas Joao were on hand to accept the units from the Hospital’s Executive Director, Samantha Sheehan.

She said: "As the statistics reveal a high number of sudden heart attacks happen outside a hospital setting, BMI The Beardwood Hospital is keen to ensure that more of these AED defibrillators, supported by CPR training, are placed in the community to help save people’s lives. We have supported local schools in the past and as part of our ongoing initiative we are pleased to support Blackburn Rovers, where thousands of people visit on a regular basis."

A club spokesman added: “Blackburn Rovers is proud to be working with local businesses such as the BMI Hospital, to benefit the local community. The installation of defibs around the stadium will provide critical life support in emergency situations.”

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device that can be used by members of the public, without training, to ‘shock’ the heart of someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, potentially saving their life. Around 100,000 people die in the UK each year due to sudden cardiac death and it is estimated that up to 80 per cent of those deaths could be avoided if diagnosed and treated, or a defibrillator was at hand when they went into cardiac arrest. 

There have been some high-profile examples of incidents in which people who have suffered cardiac arrests have been saved by the use of defibrillator. Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba was left critically ill after he had a sudden cardiac arrest during an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. The 23-year-old’s life was saved by CPR and the use of an AED to shock his heart.

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