Sheffield primary school installs defibrillators days after Christian Eriksen collapse

A Sheffield primary school has installed two defibrillators days after the device saved a player who ‘died’ on pitch in the Euros.

By David Walsh
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 7:27 am

Ecclesall Primary has one in the staff room, with quick access to the playing fields, and one outside the main entrance on High Storrs Road.

Ecclesall Parents Teachers & Friends Association raised £4,500 through activities over several months to buy and install them.

It comes after Danish player Christian Eriksen, aged 29, suffered a cardiac arrest in a match against Finland. He was saved by emergency medical treatment, including defibrillation, on the pitch.

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Ecclesall Parents Teachers Friends Association raised funds for two defibrillators at Ecclesall Primary School. Back row, from left: Emma Hardy, Andrew Moffatt, Natalie Offord and Melanie Bancroft. Front row: Olivia and Felix Bancroft and Sam Offord. Picture Scott Merrylees

Dr Natalie Offord, vice-chair of Ecclesall PTFA and a hospital doctor, said: “A public access defibrillator can be life-saving for someone who has had a cardiac arrest outside of hospital, so we are delighted to have supported this important project which benefits our school and community.”

Emma Hardy, Ecclesall Primary School head teacher, said: “We are thrilled to have two defibrillators, one inside Ecclesall Primary School and one at the main entrance of school for community use.

“We would like to greatly thank our EPTFA for raising the money for this to happen. It is so important that all members of the community should have nearby access to a defibrillator to help save lives.”

According to the next nearest devices are at Falkland House GP surgery on Falkland Road and at the Hammer and Pincers pub on Ringinglow Road, Bents Green.

The British Heart Foundation states that for every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drops by up to 10 per cent.

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