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Danny Mills Defibrillator Donation

Danny Mills Defibrillator Donation

20 January 2015

Defibrillator donated to PlayBall by the Danny Mills Foundation

We are proud to announce that a dedicated defibrillator is now stationed at PlayBall courtesy of a very generous donation from the Danny Mills Foundation.

The Danny Mills foundation's mission is to raise awareness of sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) - specifically in 14-35 year olds. The term SADS is generally used to describe the sudden death of any young person who otherwise appeared fit and healthy and is thought to be responsible for up to 500 deaths in the UK each year. Nearly all cases of SADS appear to directly relate to undiagnosed heart conditions, some of which can be inherited conditions that run in families. In up to 1 in 5 cases of young cardiac death, no definitive cause of death can be found and leading cardiac pathologists often struggle to detect any structural abnormalities within the heart.

During cardiac arrest a defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur.

We would like to thank the foundation for the generous donation and even though we hope the defibrillator will never be put to use, it is re-assuring for all our users that one is available should the need arise.

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