S.A.D.S - The Oliver King Foundation
The Oliver King Foundation was set up in memory of Oliver, a fit and active 12 year old who took part in a range of sports, including rugby, swimming, athletics and football. Oliver had just started High School and was participating in his first swimming lesson of the year when he collapsed. Despite the best efforts of the
Oliver died from a condition called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). This condition takes the lives of between 12 and 19 young people every week.
If a person suffers a cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is vital. For every minute a defibrillator is not used, the chances of survival decrease by 10%. The main purpose of CPR is to restore partial flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart. However, it will NOT restart the heart. This can only be done with a defibrillator.
We have called on the Government to ensure that all schools, sports centres and public buildings have a defibrillator and trained staff. Their initial response to this has not been a positive one. Therefore we need to collect 100,000 signatures on our e-petition so that we can ask for a debate in Parliament. We have to collect these signatures by 10th February 2013, just 59 days away!
Please sign http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29399 and ask all you know to do the same.We need your support!
For further information please see our website http://www.theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk/
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