MP steps up bid for life-savers

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A CAMPAIGNING MP has stepped up his battle to install life-saving defibrillators in every school.

Easington MP Grahame Morris tabled a cross-party House of Commons motion demanding the defibrillators are installed after a number of avoidable cardiac arrest deaths in people with undiagnosed heart conditions.

He has now called on MPs from all parties to support his motion and put pressure on the Government to act with urgency.

Horden student Kasia Ber, 17, died in 2005 due to an untraceable heart condition called Long QT syndrome.

Her parents John, 51, and Dianne, 49, have worked tirelessly to raise money for caridiac Risk in the Young (CRY) that supports other families affected by heart conditions.

Mr Morris, who is a member of the health select committee, said: “Such tragedies often come about in schools when youngsters engage in energetic sports activities.

“All the Olympic volunteers were apparently trained in the use of defibrillators and there were a large number deployed around the Olympic Park and venues.

“Defibrillators are relatively cheap to buy, portable and easy to use and could have saved many lives if they were available in workplaces and schools,” he added.