As part of European Restart a Heart Day, I visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support. Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. It’s time to take action.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.
In 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba was shocked 16 times by a lifesaving defibrillator in front of the nation.
Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.
I am proud to become a lifesaving Defibrillator Champion for Oldham East and Saddleworth. It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved.
It was interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier.
Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said:
“We are delighted that Debbie Abrahams MP has signed up as a Defibrillator Champion. It is important that we spread awareness of the vital need for this equipment in our communities. Our Members of Parliament have a great platform and connection in their constituencies to spread this message.
We look forward to working with Debbie Abrahams and saving lives for years to come.”
Mark King, father of 12-year-old Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:
“5 years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.”