Corrandulla has acquired a new community defibrillator to help provide life saving assistance for people having cardiac arrhythmia.
The defibrillator has been installed on the wall outside the front door of Corrandulla Community Centre.
Annaghdown parish council offered its thanks to “all who drop clothes to our clothes bank, those who pay their few euros to attend classes and training in the old hall and sports hall who have made it possible.
“A special thanks to Councillor James Charity who provided funding to get this over the line.”
The parish council said that it hopes to provide training for anyone who wishes to learn to use this life saving piece of equipment.
It added that “a member of every household in the parish should attend training” on how to use it.
A defibrillator is used to deliver an electric current to people experiencing ventricular fibrillation.
Essentially when the heart is quivering rather than beating properly because of erratic electrical activity in the ventricles.
This is a serious health emergency and the most frequent cause of sudden cardiac death.
The electric shock from an automated external defibrillator helps to synchronise the heart’s rhythm again.
Having a piece of equipment like this ready in the community, with people trained to use it, can be the difference between life and death for a person in distress.