After suffering devastating personal bereavements, Louise Green, owner of Vidatherapy in Teddington, was inspired to raise funds for a community defibrillator.
Our lives as a family changed forever in May 2002, with the totally unexpected sudden death of my lovely brother James; he was only 35 years old and had just got married six months before. Six months later my mother also died. The emotional impact of a sudden cardiac arrest on the family and community cannot be underestimated.
My family are living with an inherited heart condition called Cardiomyopathy (it is affecting 50% of our family), where the walls of the heart chambers become thickened, affecting the heart’s ability to pump.
Regular testing resulted in three family members having heart transplants, which saved their lives, and some being fitted with internal defibrillators. We are so grateful to the NHS for the amazing continued care of our family. I was inspired to do whatever I could to help in the event of a cardiac arrest in the local community and prevent another death.
We have managed to raise enough money to install a defibrillator outside our shop in Church Road with help from quiz nights, raffles, lucky dips, gift bags and very generous local people.
The defibrillator can be used 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Once you have phoned 999, the machine gives clear spoken instructions. All you have to do is follow them, and it won’t shock someone unless they need it. Anyone can use it without training.
Approximately 95% of people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest will die before reaching hospital. With defibrillators in place, the survival rate could be as high as 50%.
Help us fundraise for more defibrillators for Teddington.
6 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8PB
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