Four life-saving machines arrive in Tulla

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THERE was great excitement in Tulla this week, as the community council took delivery of not one, but four life saving machines.

The four defibrillators were do- nated to the people of Tulla by John and Brid Littleton and will be placed at the strategic locations in the town. The first will be placed outside

Vaughan’s shop in the middle of town, the others will be placed at the GAA pitch, the soccer pitch and the last one will be placed at the primary School.

Training took place over the last month and the Red Cross were hap- pily surprised when more than 50 people turned up for training. The group was so large that it had to be split up into two for different train-

ing sessions.

The campaign to secure the vital machines and to train local people in their use produced an amazing response, said Jim O’Sullivan Chair- man of the Tulla Community Coun- ote

“It was a very generous gift to give to the people of Tulla but hopefully something that we will never have to use. And we had great interest from

local people in being trained to use the machines. There were four dif- ferent groups at the training so now there are people trained from the soc- cer club and the GAA club, teachers from the primary school and a group of people from the community.”

Tulla is one of many communities across Clare where defibrillators have been provided locally.

The move towards having the life-

saving equipment available has, in many cases, been prompted by fear- ful statistics which show that 6,000 people a year die from sudden car- diac death in Ireland. Two per week will be under the age of thirty five. The defibrillator provides a vi- tal link in the chain of survival as speedy combination of CPR and the defibrillator can often restore life which would otherwise be lost.

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