HeartSine Employee Donates Lifesaving Defibrillator to Daughter’s School

Model Primary School Principal Joanne Lyons and pupil Jenny Craig, receiving a HeartSine defibrillator donated to the school by Jenny's parents. Photo courtesy of the Carrick Times

Model Primary School Principal Joanne Lyons and student Jenny Craig receiving a HeartSine defibrillator donated to the school by Jenny’s parents. Photo courtesy of the Carrick Times.

HeartSine employee, Mark Craig, has donated a HeartSine automated external defibrillator (AED) to his daughter’s school in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

The AED will be kept at Model Primary School and used to protect the school’s 400 students and faculty members in the event of a life-threatening sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) incident.

“I received the defib as a Christmas bonus at work, and thought it would be better going into one of the schools than sitting in the house,” said Craig.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Craig and his employer HeartSine Technologies for the donation of the defibrillator, which provides us with another means of caring for everyone in our school community,” said Model Principal Joanne Lyons.

SCA can strike regardless of age, race or gender, affecting all ages from infants to seniors. With 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting, including on school grounds or school buses, it is important to have an AED readily available in the event of a cardiac emergency.

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