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Paul funds protective boxes for North Berwick defibs - St John Scotland

St John Scotland's Defibrillator Champion, Paul Burns, has used some of the funds he has raised to purchase four protective cabinets for defibrillators in North Berwick.

Paul, who plays football with the Huffin Puffins in North Berwick, suffered a cardiac arrest during a football match with friends at the Hibernian Training Centre in April of 2015 and was brought back to life with the quick use of a defibrillator. 

Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has been identified as a significant healthcare challenge in Scotland. Approximately 3,500 people undergo attempted resuscitation each year after OHCA, but currently only around 1 in 20 survive to hospital discharge.

Defibrillation works in synergy with CPR, and is most effective the earlier it is performed. Delivering a defibrillatory electrical shock to the heart within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 75%.

After sharing his story earlier this year, Paul raised around £14,000 for life-saving public access defibrillators in and around Edinburgh. Some of the money Paul has raised has gone towards funding protective boxes for existing defibrillators in the North Berwick area, that weren't available 24/7. 

One of Paul's boxes can be found on the wall of the changing rooms at the North Berwick Recreation Park (pictured) while the three others others will be placed on the wall of Why Not? on High Street, outside North Berwick Fire Station and at the RNLI Lifeboat Station. 

To read more about Paul's story, click this link: http://www.stjohnscotland.org.uk/news/17-area-teams/edinburgh-and-south-east/125-paul-becomes-st-john-scotland-s-defibrillator-champion

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