I have been brought to overwhelming tears, twice today. Both whilst on the commute either to or from work. Driving home, I was crying so much I had to pull over on the M6 to pull myself together, for fear of causing an accident. The reason? Ciaron Geddes.
Whilst driving to and from work, I generally listen to Real Radio North West, and the Sam and Lorna Breakfast Show. For weeks now, it has been mentioned that Lorna is completing the Liverpool Marathon in order to raise money for Ciaron’s cause. Me, being oblivious, and slightly ignorant, as I don’t read the news or watch the news, generally for this very reason, it upsets me to much. I didn’t know what Ciaron’s cause was, until today.
Driving to work this morning a soundbyte was played of Ciaron’s mother, Marika, reliving the memories of the day Ciaron passed, her thoughts and emotions coming through, listening to her speak about what had happened, the events leading up to it, what she felt at the time, was heartbreaking. I had chills. I was crying. And I’m not very emotional or in touch with my feelings.
I was informed that the rest of the story and recordings would be played at 6pm. Throughout the day, I forgot, I stayed at work late and left at just before 6, so I was on the M6 again when the story played. Not only did it have recoridngs from Ciaron’s mum, but from his grandfather, whose house he had been at prior. This was more heart breaking than this morning, so much so, that I had to pull over on the hard shoulder to finish listening to the rest of the story and to try and calm myself down. The rest of the drive home, I had cold sweats, I could feel it around my hair line, all because I was so touched by this story.
You can listen to the story here: http://www.realradionorthwest.co.uk/my-real/news/real-radio-news-specials/news-special-ciarans-cause/ciarans-cause/5a87b
Ciaron Greede was a healthy, 7 year old boy, he was out playing football in Warrington when he sufferred a cardiac arrest, and unfortunately died. He was 7 years old. That’s only 3 years older than my brother is now.
Ciaron sufferred a cardiac arrest, much like Fabrice Muamba, Bolton Wanderes Football Player did, only Ciaron didn’t survive.
Unfortuantely, Ciaron’s story is not an isolated one. Oliver King is another child who died at the hands of suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Approximately 12 young people a week die from sever cardiac arrest. 12 people a week is the equivalent of one plane full of passengers crashing and everyone dyeing. Why is nothing being done?
A defribillator could increase the percentage of survival to 74% if used within 3 minutes of sufferring the cardiac arrest. With each minute that passes, the chance of survival decreases by 10%.
The problem is that defribillators are not readily available. With so many young people dying each week, you would think that there would be one in every school, every sports centre and in public buildings. But, there isn’t. The Trafford Centre in Manchester has had defibrillators installed for nearly 14 years and use one at least once a month. If using this will save someones life – why are they not readily available? Why aren’t they more accessible?
Parliament needs to act. They would do if it was a plane crash killing all passengers once a year, if the percentage of deaths and people being effected by sever cardiac arrest is so high, then why hasn’t there been a Law Reform as yet? Why has there been no Act of Parliament put into place requiring each school, sports centre and public place to have at least one defribillator available.
Rossendale has one out in the open, which the community pooled together to have implemented. Whilst attending to someone and on the phone to 999, they would answer questions and then be given a code to open the box where the defib is located. Why are there not more of these in town centres or villages in a central location?
Offices and public places should have them installed in compliance with Health & Safety Regulations. Training can be given to the rleevant staff who would be required to adminster them, such as first aiders. Even without having appropiate training, they are still easy to use, as when using the defib, it will give you automated instructions on how to use it, how to administer CPR and it will not shock anyone unless it needs to. It will only shock if there is an irregular heart beat.
I urge you to help. I write this, as it has touched me just hearing the story and knowing how much it effects people every day and knowing that nothing is being done. That angers me.
As a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, godparent, uncle, aunty, anything or anyone who knows or is close to a young child. A healthy young child who has no previous conditions, no terminal illness, just a normal child who enjoys being active. Think about them. Think about how you would feel knowing or experiencing what these families have been through. How would you feel knowing that nothing had been done? Knowing that the Government had not acted? If they had have acted, knowing that that child could now still be here?
Something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now.
Be apart of that change.
If this story, or other similar stories had effected you in any way, then help! Don’t just sit there reading it and commenting about how emotional it has made you. Do something about it.
Make a change. Make a difference.
How can you help?
You can donate by texting BLUE25 to 70070
You can visit the justgiving site to make a donation: http://www.justgiving.com/ciaranscause
The Oliver King Foundation wants to secure a Westminster debate about putting defibrillators in public places. There’s currently an online petition to force this to happen – but it needs 100,000 signatures.
You can sign it here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29399
Find out More:
The Oliver King Foundation..
Hand On Heart..
Cardiac Risk in the Young..
British Heart Foundation..