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A paramedic eager to save lives has donated a device which can re-start hearts after attacks.

Craig Kidd, aged 45, who works for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, presented a defibrillator to staff at the Medico Legal Centre in Upperthorpe, Sheffield, where inquests are heard and relatives identify the bodies of loved ones.

The father-of-three had been at a training event at the venue when he heard Coroner Chris Dorries say how stressful it can be for friends and relatives attending the mortuary or inquests into deaths.

Craig used his own money to buy the device.

He has raised over £100,000 for charities over the years after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and given only three months to live.

But 10 years later, with his cancer now in remission, he vowed to make a difference and help others.

He said “I was given three months to live but I didn’t die and my outlook on life totally changed.

“I do what I can and I get a real buzz out of helping people, talking about the ambulance service and teaching people how to help others.

“I was at a training event at Sheffield Coroner’s Court and the Coroner mentioned that they would like an automated external defibrillator for the premises as it can be quite a daunting and stressful experience for some of the visitors.

“I could see the massive advantage of having a defibrillator at such a venue so I decided to buy one for them myself.”

Mr Dorries said: “We do everything we can to help people when they’re here and make them feel as comfortable as possible but incidents do occur. 

“We very much welcome this new life-saving kit that Craig has most kindly given.”