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Keep Merrow Hearts Beating!

When Judith Hunt of Trodds Lane, Merrow, went to work in October, she had no idea she was about to undergo a life-changing event – a cardiac arrest. Or that one month later, she would be leading a campaign to buy a public access defibrillator for Merrow.

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“I didn’t feel ill when I went to work, but while seeing a patient, I suddenly felt very poorly. The next thing I knew, I woke up in an ambulance on the way to the coronary care unit, at Frimley Park hospital surrounded by tubes, monitors and beeping machines.”

Judith who is in her 50s, had suffered a cardiac arrest – when her heart had literally stopped beating. Fortunately she was at work in Farnham hospital, and the patient she was seeing was a retired nurse who recognised the signs and called for immediate help. Medical colleagues arrived within seconds and with the aid of a defibrillator (which restores a normal heartbeat by sending an electric shock to the heart) successfully re-started Judith’s heart.

Back at home, Judith started investigating public access to defibrillators in Merrow and was shocked to find there is not one available 24 hours a day. “A defibrillator saved my life and I am determined to raise funds for one to be available 24/7 for Merrow residents.”

Judith is aiming to raise £5,000 to buy external automated defibrillators (AEDs), but it won’t stop there. “Education is key and I want to give every single Merrow resident the opportunity to learn what the signs of a cardiac arrest are, what to do and where the nearest defibrillator is located. Time is of the essence and too often people don’t have the confidence to take the steps which could be potentially life-saving.”

There are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests a year in the UK. Meaning that every hour, eight people who are at work, home or just out and about will have one. Almost 300 children a year die as a result of a cardiac arrest while at school. Survival rates are low, only 7% in the UK (in Norway they are 25%). But cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) plus defibrillation within five minutes can lead to survival rates as high as 75%.

Judith is fund-raising by making and selling a variety of Festive gifts and decorations. If you can help by buying a gift, making a donation or would like to know more, please contact:

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