ALL Liverpool primary schools will be given life-saving defibrillators thanks to a £100,000 boost to the Oliver King Foundation and the ECHO’s Heartbeat campaign.
The machines, which restart the heart when a person suffers cardiac arrest, will be placed in all 122 of the city’s junior schools.
Today supporters of the Oliver King Foundation said the news would greatly improve the chances of youngsters’ lives being saved across the city.
Oliver was swimming in the pool at King David High School in March last year the killer condition Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrom (SADS), struck, and despite efforts to revive him he died.
Oliver’s dad Mark, 51, said he was “shaking with excitement” over the news that all primary schools would have the machines – especially as SADS , which causes the heart to suddenly stop, tends to strike healthy, active youngsters.
He added: “It’s absolutely fabulous news, and a great push in the right direction.
“The government should take note now of the need to have these in all schools.
“It’s not rocket science to see that they save lives.”