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Do you know CPR? Knaresborough cardiac arrest survivor supports 'Restart a Heart Day'

Do you know CPR? Knaresborough cardiac arrest survivor supports 'Restart a Heart Day'

Published at 7:03am 16th October 2018. (Updated at 8:57am 16th October 2018)

Cardiac arrest survivors are supporting Yorkshire Ambulance Service's attempts to provide CPR training to around 25,000 youngsters on Restart a Heart Day.

Today YAS hopes to smash the milestone of providing a total of 100,000 schoolchildren with the life-saving skill since the event began five years ago.

Curtis Randle, from Knaresborough, was 45 when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Two of the town's Community First Responders provided CPR and used a defibrillator to restart Curtis's heart.

He said:

"It's undoubtedly due to the very swift and efficient action of the Community First Responders and their application of CPR, together with the use of the defibrillator, that I'm here today. I'm delighted that so many schoolchildren are going to learn a life-saving lesson on Restart a Heart Day."

Yorkshire's gold medal winning Paralympian and ten times World Champion, Hannah Cockcroft MBE, will be visiting one of the 116 participating secondary schools in West Yorkshire.

She will be joined by Lizzie Jones, widow of Danny Jones, Welsh International and Keighley Cougars Rugby League player, who died aged 29 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match in May 2015.

Currently in the UK, less than one (8.6%) in ten people survive a cardiac arrest. In countries like Norway (25%), where CPR is taught in schools, an additional 100 lives could be saved each week - the equivalent of approximately 5,000 every year.

Jason Carlyon, Clinical Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who helps to organise the event, said:

"CPR is a simple, easy intervention that can save the lives of patients in cardiac arrest. In 2017-18, 43% of cardiac arrest incidents in Yorkshire were witnessed by a non-clinician who could potentially have started CPR. Community CPR events like Restart a Heart Day are essential so we can provide as many people as possible with this life-saving skill."

Restart a Heart Day - sponsored by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity - is organised in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, which supplies free Call Push Rescue training kits (including manikins and a tutorial DVD) to participating schools as part of its Nation of Lifesavers campaign, Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance and other partners. YAS will be visiting 33 schools in North Yorkshire.

The life-saving initiative - pioneered in Yorkshire - has this year been adopted by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation to encourage mass CPR training on a global scale under a World Restart a Heart Day banner. Participating countries include America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and as well as many European countries.

You can find out more, including how to do CPR, by visiting www.restartaheart.yas.nhs.uk/day