Orini defibrillator fundraiser all go

A Givealittle campaign started in June to buy a defibrillator for a student at Orini Combined School has raised almost $2000.

Six-year-old Finn Corbin was born with the right half of his heart missing, and is at risk of cardiac arrest at any time. School teacher Belinda Duncan created the fundraiser to buy the defibrillator, costing $3500.

“Currently the closest defibrillator to us is located at Whitikahu Fire station which is unattended most of the time. It is essential that we have one situated directly in our community.”

Defibrillators utilise technology that talks the rescuer through the steps of applying the defibrillation pads in the proper location and tells the rescuer when to call 111, perform CPR or not to touch the patient as it’s analysing the heart rhythm and shocking. This ease of use and clear instructions that anyone can follow has made defibrillators invaluable in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest, the Givealittle page said.

In just short of three weeks $1933.40 has been donated, leaving just over $1500 to be raised.

Finn’s mother told OneNews the device would not only help her son, but anyone in the community who needed it.

“We’re quite a small rural community, so if someone had a cardiac arrest at home it would be on hand.”
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Keith Jellyman with Gordonton's defibrillatorGordonton’s Eastwest College staff member Keith Jellyman organised a defibrillator for the community in 2011 after attending a first aid course. “The Red Cross are keen for communities to have their own defibrillator. Time is really important, every minute a person goes without defibrillation, the chance of survival drops dramatically.”

The defibrillator is available 24-hours at the college, 21 College Rd. Phone 07 8243 417

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