A family-owned business has funded a defibrillator for the rural community near its premises. W Burton & Sons at Threapwood worked with Stone-based charity, AED Donate, to provide the potentially life-saving kit.
A family-owned business has funded a defibrillator for the rural community near its premises.
W Burton & Sons at Threapwood worked with Stone-based charity, AED Donate, to provide the potentially life-saving kit.
The move comes after co-owner at the firm, Adam Burton, suffered a cardiac arrest last year aged just 33.
Adam, who is fit and healthy and has a young family, is co-owner of the hardware, agri and equine supplies business with parents Andrew and Lynn. He was at work last year when he went into a sudden cardiac arrest.
Dad Andrew said: “It took 10 to 15 minutes for the first responders to get here and put a defibrillator on him. For over 30 minutes he had, in effect, died.
“There were first responders and paramedics using the defib and talking to us about the importance of early defibrillation.
“If we’d had this defib then, we could have done that.
“There are defibs around, but when you look at it geographically, the closest ones to us are all around two miles away. We’re in the centre of quite a few, but none close enough to help in an emergency.”
The family are hoping to host a charity fund-raising event for next year, after plans for this year were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andrew added: “We’ve been on quite a long journey with Adam. The doctors examined him but couldn’t find any cause for the arrest. It might never happen again, but they just don’t know.
“Now he’s essentially got a little defib inside his body, just in case. After going what we’ve been through, it just seemed an obvious step to make sure there was a defib nearby.
“Threapwood isn’t a massive place, there are about 100 people, but we decided as a company to fund a defib for the village and we will have it maintained as well.
“It’s on an exterior wall so it can be accessed from Chapel Lane 24/7.”
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