Primary school in Wembley raises funds to buy life-saving defibrillator

Igor Rubanansky and Beverly Falconer, from the school, with a paramedic

Igor Rubanansky and Beverly Falconer, from the school, with a paramedic - Credit: Archant

A primary school in Wembley where staff saved the life of a pupil after he had a cardiac arrest has been given a defibrillator.

Dominik Glowacki with Eleanor Sing, teaching assistant, Shahzad Ahmed, site manager, and Rose Ashton

Dominik Glowacki with Eleanor Sing, teaching assistant, Shahzad Ahmed, site manager, and Rose Ashton, headteacher - Credit: Archant

Chalkhill Primary School in Barnhill Road, received the life-saving device last week after Dominick Glowacki collapsed during a PE lesson.

The lightweight, battery operated device was provided by the Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) Heart to Heart charity after the school launched a fundraising campaign following Dominik’s experience.

The then nine-year-old’s ordeal happened when an undetected heart defect caused him to collapse on the floor in front of his school friends in 2011.

Quick acting staff restarted the young boy’s heart before an ambulance arrived saving his life.

He suffered another series of cardiac arrests on his way to Northwick Park Hospital and remained fighting for his life for several days before he made a full recovery.

First-aiders at the school received training to use the defibrillator from the London Ambulance Service.

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Rose Ashton, school’s headteacher, said: “With 270 cardiac arrests in schools in the country every year and schools in Brent doubling in size, this is essential equipment and training for every school and should be compulsory for all.”

Shahzad Ahmed, Eleanor Singh and Mohamed Addawe, who saved Dominick’s life, were rewarded by the Royal Humane Society, a charity that assesses and awards acts of bravery in the saving of human life, in June 2012.

Related link: Wembley teachers who saved pupil’s life are honoured

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