Look who’s behind! Heartwarming moment as children cheer and cry as their beloved principal returns, after a defibrillator HE installed at her school saved her life.
- Nick Sheeran suffered cardiac arrest seven months ago at Southport school
- The staff provided first aid and used the defibrillator in 32 seconds.
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This is the moving moment when children cheered and cried for the return of their principal, whose life was saved by a defibrillator he installed at their school.
Nick Sheeran went into cardiac arrest seven months ago at Birkdale Primary in Southport.
Received first aid from staff using the defibrillator provided by Mark King, whose 12-year-old son Oliver died in 2011 of heart failure.
For the past 11 years, Mr King has been installing the devices in schools following the death of his son during a swimming lesson at King David Secondary School in Liverpool.
Sheeran is the 68th person to survive after being treated with a defibrillator provided by the Oliver King Foundation, which has placed more than 6,000 of them across the UK.
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Nick Sheeran went into cardiac arrest seven months ago at Birkdale Elementary School in Southport. His colleagues saved his life using a defibrillator
Oliver King, 12, died in 2011 after suffering heart failure during a swimming lesson at King David High School in Childwall, Liverpool.
In the video, a young student can be seen crying with joy before Sheeran comforts him with a pat on the shoulders.
When the director collapsed, his colleagues, who were trained by Mr. King, used the machine in 32 seconds.
According to the British Heart Foundation, a defibrillator is a device that delivers a high-energy electrical shock to the heart of a person in cardiac arrest.
Increases the chance of survival by more than 40 percent if used on the patient within three to five minutes.
Sheeran said: “I am the luckiest director on the planet and I am so grateful to everyone and the role they played in saving my life.”
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King said it was a “very emotional” day and he was “ecstatic” that the defibrillator he had provided had saved Sheeran’s life.
A young student sobbed with joy when his director entered the assembly room.
Mr Sheeran has returned to school seven months after going into cardiac arrest and says he is “very much looking forward to it”.
For the past 11 years, Mark King (pictured with a defibrillator) has been installing the devices in schools following the tragic death of his son.
“He’s like our Ollie, people just fell in love with him,” he said.
Oliver died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), which is when a person dies suddenly and unexpectedly from unexplained cardiac arrest.
It affects 500 people each year in the UK.
His family was forced to launch the foundation in his name after becoming frustrated that a defibrillator was not available to save their son in time.
Mr King said: “I was angry that my Ollie was not the first to die of sudden cardiac arrest, either at school or outside of school.”
“I was wondering why I wasn’t protected, why our kids weren’t protected in schools, in fact why the general public isn’t protected,” he told the outlet. liverpool echo in July 2022.
In January this year, the Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that all 20,000 public schools in England will receive a defibrillator by the end of this academic year.
The DfE hopes the move will save the lives of students, staff and visitors to the school.
Schools are already required to teach first aid as part of the curriculum, and high school students are taught CPR and defibrillators.
Meanwhile, in December 2022, the government announced a £1 million fund aimed at increasing the number of defibrillators in England by around 1,000.
The new fund will allow people to order defibrillators for the areas with the greatest need and highest traffic, such as local stores, post offices and parks.
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