Northern Ireland; Defibrillator: Mum wants devices registered after cardiac arrest

A Coleraine woman whose daughter had a cardiac arrest is calling for owners of defibrillators to register their devices on a national database.

Lucy King was just 13 when she collapsed last February.

It was the quick actions of her family, who performed CPR and got a defibrillator from the local shop, that helped save her life.

Lucy’s mother, Nicola King, is urging people to register any defibrillators on The Circuit app to help save lives.

The database connects the life-saving devices to NHS ambulance services across the UK.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Nicola, a former Intensive Care Unit nurse, recalled the family’s horrifying experience.

“It was just after six in the morning and Lucy made this really weird, loud noise and we just thought she was just having a bad dream, but then it went on for a bit,” she said.

“So we jumped out of the bed and ran into her room and she was sitting upright in her bed, her arms stretched out and her eyes were open, but she wasn’t really there.

“Then very quickly she just collapsed into the bed.”

Ms King said she went into “autopilot as a nurse” and pulled her onto the floor and began performing CPR on her daughter.

Lucy had been asleep and was at home with her mum, dad, Richard, and siblings, Thomas and Olivia, when the incident happened.

Meanwhile, Thomas, who was 15 at the time, ran out to a nearby shop in his pyjamas to fetch a defibrillator.

“We kept doing CPR and then 10 minutes later the paramedics arrived and they started working on her,” Ms King said.

“She needed shocked twice, the first time they shocked her they started to do CPR so I thought: ‘It hasn’t worked and we’ve lost her.'”

“They then shocked her again and they said that we got her back and she was then intubated and ventilated.”