SCHOOLBOY ASSAULT: National given mobile heart defibrillator

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HUCKNALL’S National Church of England Academy is now better prepared than ever for life-threatening emergencies — after the horrific day when Callum Massey was assaulted and nearly lost his life.

A first-aid training programme taken by staff helped save the life of teenager Callum Massey.

And now the school has been presented with a mobile defibrillator that can be used to re-start someone’s heart in the case of another major drama unfolding.

The kit has been provided by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Several members of staff at the school have now been trained by members of the East Midlands Ambulance Service on how to use the equipment under a ‘Heartstart‘ initiative.

A representative of the BHF said during a presentation: “We provide the equipment but you guys are out there using it, which makes a lifesaving piece of equipment.

“I hope you never have to use it. But the kit alone is worthless without having those who have been trained. Early resuscitation and early defibrillation gives people the best chance of survival.”

National head teacher, Dr Jon Edwards, said: “This is a good thing for the school and a good thing we have people willing to be put forward to be trained on this equipment.”

OUR PHOTO shows Dr Edwards receiving the lifesaving defibrillator from Jane Palmer, who is the community resuscitation co-ordinator for the British Heart Foundation — DISPIC NHUD12-0027-2.