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Living proof that Post campaign is a life-saver

A man is alive today after staff used a Nottingham Evening Post defibrillator to re-start his heart.

The campaigning newspaper has been raising cash to get the medical machinery placed in key areas across Nottinghamshire as part of its Start-a-Heart initiative.

And when Terry Morran collapsed from a heart attack at Nottingham railway station, two specially-trained staff used a defibrillator – funded through the campaign – to restart his heart.

The equipment at the station is one of 39 defibrillators now kept in public places as a result of the Post’s campaign.

Editor Graham Glen said: “If all that equipment is never touched again, the campaign will have been justified.

“For without the intervention of Mark Jones and Jon Wheeler with the defibrillator, it’s likely that Terry would not have been able to tell the story.”

The good news was splashed on page one and inside the newspaper.

It explained how following his heart attack, 62-year-old Terry spent 12 weeks in hospital and underwent a quadruple heart bypass operation.

He is the second person to be saved thanks to the campaign, after a man was given treatment using a defibrillator in a local shopping centre.

Terry said: “I’d not seen this defibrillator at the station before. But it did the trick and saved my life.

“It’s a good idea to put defibrillators around the county because heart attacks are one of the biggest killers.

“I’m very grateful that they had one that day.”

The aim of the Start-A-Heart campaign was to buy 25 defibrillators across the county – a target that was achieved in just seven months.

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