AFTER waking up from a nap, your little one is bound to be a little bit grouchy.
Little Arlo had been unwell through the night and after the snooze, had gone in for a cuddle with his mum, Sadie.
But something wasn't right and Sadie, who lives in Cornwall, realised that her two-year-old's breathing had quickened.
Sadie asked if he was feeling ok, and before she knew it, her little boy's eyes were rolled to the back of his head and he had a seizure.
Shortly after, Arlo started to go blue and stopped breathing – which his family said was 'terrifying'.
Grandparents Charlie and Kerry Osborne's told how the incident changed their lives.
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Posting on a GoFundMe page they said: "We all really believed he had died. It was terrifying. He was laid on the floor completely lifeless.
"The first thing the 999 controller said was to go and get the nearest defibrillator while Sadie performed CPR on him.
"Of course we all knew there wasn't one close enough to get. However fortunately Sadie had got him breathing seconds before the first responder arrived with his defibrillator."
Luckily, Arlo made a full recovery, but the family are now trying to raise money to get a device installed in their village of Sancreed.
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They need to raise £2,000 to buy the item, along with the protective case that comes with it.
Once they have raised the funds, it will be installed outside the village hall.
So far, they have raised £1,140.
Defibrillators are a key piece of first aid kit and they can be often found at transportation points such as bus and train stations.
The government has spent at least £2million paying for them to be installed at sports centres, GP surgeries, shopping centres and village halls.
All defibrillators in the UK should be registered with The Circuit – the national defibrillator network which was launched in June 2019.
How do you use a defibrillator?
Using a defibrillator before an ambulance arrives doubles the patient’s chance of survival.
St John Ambulance says anyone can use an AED with no training.
The machine analyses the patient's heart rhythm and uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step.
The first aid charity has the following advice:
- First, make sure someone has called an ambulance. Begin CPR until someone can bring you an AED
- Switch on the AED. Follow the visual and verbal prompts until the ambulance arrives or someone with more experience takes over
- Take the pads out of the sealed pack. Remove or cut through any clothing and wipe away any sweat from the chest
- Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to the chest lengthways (in line with the body)
- The first pad goes on the upper right side of the chest, just below the collarbone
- The second pad goes on the left, just below the armpit
- The AED will start checking the heart rhythm. Make sure no one is touching the patient or they may get a shock
- Continue to follow the machine's prompts until help arrives
The Circuit is connected to every Ambulance Service in the UK and allows them to direct bystanders to the nearest defibrillator to help save lives.
NHS Ambulance Services also have defibrillator databases for their area.
If you need to locate one quickly you should phone 999 and ask where the nearest one is located.
Defibrillator machines deliver an electric shock to restart the heart if a patient goes into cardiac arrest.
The devices are portable and can be stored in any number of locations such as schools, offices and shops.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) cost around £750 to £1,300 each.
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They can also be hired by some firms from around £18 a month.
Experts say the quick use of an AED along with CPR gives an unresponsive person the best chance of survival.
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