A defibrillator donated by a Kot Bridge charity has helped save a woman’s life when she fell on a busy Erdre road.
The woman fell ill while waiting at a bus stop outside The Tudor Hotel on Saturday evening – fortunately, not far from where the Karen McDay Foundation installed a defab two years ago.
The charity’s 100th machine was placed in December 2019 outside the West End Bar on Alexander Street in the city.
Two members of the public stopped for help and initially ran to the hotel in search of a defibrillator, but a 999 call handler sent them to a nearby machine in a pub on the same street.
The pair brought Defibe back to the scene, by which time off-duty nurse Mahiri Buchanan had stopped to help install the life-saving device.
The woman was brought to the street and was responding when paramedics arrived. She is reportedly recovering and is expected to be released soon.
The Karen McDade Foundation thanks West End Bar owner Scott Roy and his staff for making sure the defibrillator is always available and ready to use.
Another positive result with public access defibrillator. One woman did not go further than Alexander Street, which had just passed Tudor. A member of the public called 999 and directed Deff. Hopefully she will recover soon. #kieranmcdadefoundation pic.twitter.com/w5E57suCiJ.
– West End Bar Order (eswestendbar) August 28, 2021.
The charity was set up after the fall of Karen McDade, a young man from the tragic Cote d’Ivoire, and suffered a heart attack in August 2016 while training with Dunbeth Football Club.
The 13-year-old died at the hospital after a week in a coma.
Her teammates and coaches have donated 115 defibrillator machines to lower-level football clubs to ensure Karen’s legacy lives on.
Derek Murphy, co-founder of the Karen McDade Foundation, said: “We always wanted to remember Karen’s name. You never want a little boy you forgot about.
“It’s very emotional for someone to effectively save their life in Karen’s name.
“It’s humbling to know that someone’s life has been saved by what the foundation has done. But none of that is possible without so many different people.
He added: “Heart attacks are not uncommon. These things are happening more and more.
“This is what happened to Christian Eriksen, a man you consider very fit. He was always supervised and tested by his club.
“If it could happen to him, it could happen to literally anyone.”
A little update on the post below.
We are happy to inform you that the woman who fell ill is well in the hospital and is expected to be allowed to return home soon.
These defibrillators are only possible because of your amazing donations.
Donations that have saved a life!
– Karen McDade Foundation (TKMcDF) August 30, 2021
The foundation was officially given charitable status in 2017 and is funded through donations.
It often costs £ 600 for the machine and an additional £ 400 for a box to control the temperature of the device – an average of about £ 1,000 to install each defibrillator.
Derek said: “For us, this event has highlighted our project and what we want to do.
“We would like to do more to get more defibrillators out of there. We can only provide defibs that we can buy.
“We want to work with people who will help us access and deliver these defaults.”
He added: “The Scottish Government has been going through a lot in a minute with Quaid, but you would like to think that this issue should be a priority.
“To me, every town and village. Scotland There should be at least one defab that is easily accessible.
This is an incident at Airdry, but these incidents are unfortunately happening on a regular basis all over the UK – and some people are not lucky enough to be so close to Defb. That needs to change. ”