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Mum’s campaign to put life-saving defibrillators in sites to aid others

PUBLISHED: 09:48 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 02 February 2017

A new defibrillator at the Gorleston Lawn Bowling Green near the clifftop. Michael

A new defibrillator at the Gorleston Lawn Bowling Green near the clifftop. Michael "Micky" Cox, a cardiac nurse at the James Paget Hospital and Jayne Biggs Heart to Heart Norfolk's founder. Photo: George Ryan

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After a defibrillator saved her daughter’s life, a mother tasked herself with providing her community with access to these lifesaving devices.

Just over three years ago Jayne Biggs heard a cough from her daughter’s bedroom.

When she went to check on her then seven-year-old daughter Violet, she was not breathing.

She called an ambulance and performed CPR before the paramedics arrived with a defibrillator to restart her daughter’s heart.

“Without the defibrillator, she would not have survived,” the 45-year-old mother from Bradwell said.

Ken Peace, Ryan Nelson and Lee Kinney with VioletKen Peace, Ryan Nelson and Lee Kinney with Violet

Violet was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Long QT syndrome, which affects her heart rhythm, and had a special defibrillator installed in her chest.

Now aged 11, Violet lives life to the full and recently took part in a dance competition in Blackpool.

Following her daughter’s recovery, Jayne set up Heart 2 Heart Norfolk with the aim of providing access to defibrillators in key locations up and down the east coast of Norfolk and beyond.

She has raised £22,000 and 17 defibrillators have been installed. She also provides CPR and defibrillator training to help raise awareness with the help of cardiac nurse Michael “Micky” Cox from the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston providing the lessons.

The next training sessions take place on Friday, February 17, Hopton Village Hall in Station Road from 6-7.30pm and then Wednesday, February 22, at Repps Village Hall, in Mill Road from 7-8.30pm

Recently she was awarded funding from the Aviva community grants. This year she is aiming to get charitable status.

Jayne now hopes to get more of these life-saving bits of kit in schools.

A Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson said they want to see more schools take advantage of the offer.

“More than 1,800 defibrillators have already been purchased since we secured a deal to allow schools to buy these potentially life-saving devices at a reduced price,” they said.

To make it as easy as possible for schools, the DFE has negotiated a deal with the NHS to offer reduced price defibrillators to schools. For more information go to: www.gov.uk/government/publications/automated-external-defibrillators-aeds-in-schools
To find out more please go to www.facebook.com/Heart-2-Heart-Norfolk

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