Tallaght cardiac survivor donates public access defibrillator

by Rachel Cunningham
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A Tallaght woman who suffered a cardiac arrest in late December has donated a defibrillator to the volunteers in Tallaght Community First Responders.

Louise McInerney, who now resides in the UK, was visiting family in Ireland for Christmas when she suffered a cardiac arrest.

Her husband, Paul, started CPR and the rapid response from Tallaght Community First Responders (CFR), a local voluntary group, and Dublin Fire Brigade, were able to restart Louise’s heart using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Within four minutes of the 112 call being made, a volunteer responder was on the scene and Louise has made a full recovery.

 When the ‘Forward Hearts’ programme, initiated by HeartSafety Solutions, donated an AED to Louise, she made the decision to subsequently donate it to the volunteers in Tallaght Community First Responders.

Tallaght CFR have already installed seven public access defibrillators and have responded to over 200 emergency calls, with 100 of those being cardiac arrests, alongside the National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade since January 2023. 

The donated AED was launched by Louise and Paul, where they were reunited with the team who responded to her cardiac arrest that day.

The AED is now located in Springfield, Dublin 24, and is available 24/7/365 to anyone who requires its use.

Established in January 2023 to respond to life threatening emergencies in the Tallaght area in the few minutes prior to the arrival of an Emergency Ambulance, Tallaght CFR is now one year old.

As all founders of Tallaght CFR are paramedics, they understand the difference minutes can make in life threatening emergencies.

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