13-year-old survives cardiac arrest thanks to hero brother

Thomas King helped sister Lucy survive by running to fetch a defibrillator. Now the family are urging device owners to registered with National Defibrillator Network to assist people facing a similar ordeal.

13-year-old survives cardiac arrest thanks to hero brother

Lucy King, who survived a cardiac arrest, with her brother Thomas King who ran to retrieve the nearest defibrillator.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter



A COLERAINE family whose 13-year-old daughter survived a cardiac arrest in the middle of the night is backing a campaign urging defibrillator owners to register their devices on a national database.

Lucy King suffered the ordeal in February last year and it was only thanks to the prompt actions of her family who quickly began CPR and ran to find the nearest defibrillator that she survived.

The Limavady High School pupil’s family are urging defibrillator owners to register them with The Circuit - The National Defibrillator Network - a database which connects defibrillators to NHS ambulance services across the UK, so that in those crucial moments when someone is having a cardiac arrest they can be accessed quickly to help more people survive.

Since The Circuit first went live with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) in February 2020, it has directed 999 emergency callers at the scene of a cardiac arrest to the nearest defibrillator in their community 582 times.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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